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Cinemark to air the college football playoffs in 27 theaters

Al Urbanski
Stadiums won't be the only place where fans of Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, and Cincinnati can gather to root their teams to the championship game on New Years Eve. (Photo via

College football fans of Michigan, Alabama, Georgia, and Cincinnati who can’t get game tickets will be able to head to malls and shopping centers to cheer their teams to the national championship from Luxury Loungers in Cinemark theaters this New Years Eve.

Cinemark Holdings has teamed up with ESPN to put the college football playoffs on the big screen at 27 theaters in 18 states. Game theaters are mostly located in state capitals or primary cities, though fans have four theaters to choose from in Ohio and Texas and three in California.

“We are thrilled to offer an incredible opportunity for college football fans to gather and cheer on their teams in our immersive auditoriums with larger-than-life screens and surround sound,” said Justin McDaniel, Cinemark’s senior VP  of global content, who commented that the  collaboration with ESPN “brings together the best in college football and exhibition for a one-of-a-kind viewing experience that will make people feel like they are part of the on-field action.”

No. 1 ranked Alabama will face No. 4 Cincinnati in the afternoon game on Dec. 31 at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. No. 2 Michigan will take on No. 3 Georgia in the evening game at the Capital One Orange Bowl. The winners will meet for the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.

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