PHOENIX (KSAZ) - The mood was upbeat as Organizers for the College Football Championship announced that John Mellencamp, Ciara, and the Band Perry, will be performing free concerts in downtown Phoenix during the events surrounding the game.
But flags outside flew at half-staff in front of the stadium, honoring those killed in the terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday.
With 50,000 fans packed into the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, security and safety are a priority say organizers.
"We've been working closely with all of the emergency response teams, homeland security, with the FBI, City of Phoenix Police Department, all of the stakeholders to make sure this event is fun for everybody and safe," said Brad Wright.
The championship will be taking a page from the Superbowl's playbook and focus some of the events in downtown Phoenix.
The Superbowl Central concept downtown really worked, and it proved to be a place for the whole community to come together.
Security will have to be spread out over several venues as different acts perform in downtown Phoenix and thousands more attend Playoff Fan Central at the Phoenix Convention Center.
The event is seeking volunteers, if you'd like to help visit: http://azchampgame.org/