Downtown Atlanta is becoming a central hub for tourists and locals alike. The College Football Hall of Fame can be added to the fan fare. Launched in 1951, The College Football Hall of Fame was established by The National Football Foundation as a way to highlight the sports past and present college players and coaches. All four-year college football programs are represented, leaving no school behind large or small. The original home was in South Bend, Indiana and in 2009 the NFF made the decision to relocate to Atlanta. Opening its doors in August 2014, adding to the downtown landscape and a score to all its visitors.
Here’s the thing, you don’t have to be a football fanatic to enjoy The College Football Hall of Fame and you don’t have to be a college football fan either. It’s a personal interactive experience full of surprises at every turn, or every yard. If you have a favorite team it becomes an over the top fan encounter that you’re not sure to forget. The “hall of fame” shaped like a football is the culmination of the space. But before you get to that section there so much more to experience. The facility has three levels and is nearly 95-thousand square feet. The high-tech but easy to navigate art exhibits are personalized and made possible by a RFID chip that loads your teams information at each display.
First Down: When you arrive you’ll be given an All-Access Pass before you enter the building, just like a press pass. What’s so special about this pass, it’s a gift and it allows you to download your experience to keep for a lifetime! Walk through the tunnel and hit The Quad. At The Quad you’ll be able to register you’re All-Access Pass and your college team of choice. It personalizes your experience throughout the museum. At any point you’d like to change team you can.
Second Down: After you hit The Quad head to the skill zone, it’s a 45-yard field where you become a football player. Test your abilities, kick the football between the uprights. Run a quick drill like a running back and then short route for a catch like a wide receiver. Try your arm as a quarterback, you’ve got three chances to hit the targets. Before you leave the field make sure you take photos at the staged press conference desk.
Third Down: Head up to the second level there is an interactive digital wall that highlights your team past to present, watch a short film that takes you straight to the gridiron with college teams across the country. After that enjoy the gallery area that includes tailgating traditions of old and new, sing your college team fight song as you’re being recorded, look at displays of old uniforms and helmets, learn about different plays, famous coaches and players, call an old game and get a panoramic view of moments at some stadiums across the country.
Fourth Down: The Hall of Fame. The third level is the culmination of the attraction. But it’s not some boring scroll of college football Hall of Famers, it too is interactive. There are digital rotating panels that give your team Hall of Famers history. No representation from your team, no problem you can learn more about other recipients.
Touchdown: A visit to The College Football Hall of Fame is a score, truly an attraction must do. It’s located at 250 Marietta Street Atlanta, GA 30313. Open Sunday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For tickets or for more information call 404-880-4800 or visit www.cfbhall.com.