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Slideshow: Weekend Events Pump Up Fans For Championship Game

Thousands of college football fans gathered in Tampa and surrounding cities for a weekend packed with events meant to pump them up for the College Football National Championship game.

On Saturday, the chilly weather didn't stop visitors and locals from flocking to game-related events in downtown Tampa, including Day 2 of the outdoor concert series AT&T Playoff Playlist Live at Curtis Hixon Park. The park would go on to reach capacity Sunday for the final concert, headlined by Usher.

On Sunday afternoon, Clearwater Beach was packed with fans watching the Clemson and Alabama bands perform, as well as a celebrity flag football game and live music.

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