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College Football Hall of Fame Opens in Atlanta

The Playing Field
The Playing Field
Photography by Andrew Snook

Football fans all over the country are preparing for the start of the college football season and all that it entails; the football, the bands, the pageantry, and the tailgate parties. For those fans in Atlanta there is now one more option that is sure to become part of their football experience.

The Helmet Wall at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta
Photography by Andrew Snook

The College Football Hall of Fame opens in Atlanta this Saturday. To say the Hall of Fame provides guests with a perfect blend of tradition and technology is an understatement. The new facility provides a 21st Century audio-visual interactive extravagance while paying homage to the greats of the college game. There is something within its walls that will appeal to football fans of all ages.

The southeastern United States has always been known as a hotbed of college football and nowhere is that more evident than in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Georgia State Panthers, the city is already the host premier college football events like the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Kick Off Classic.

Now you can add the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience to the list of football attractions in the city. Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal “opened” the facility on Wednesday morning to a group of media as a preview. College greats like Danny Wuerfel, Kevin Butler and Art Shell were also in attendance to see how the latest technology has been applied to the Hall of Fame in its newest location.

It is readily apparent that when the facility opens to the public on Saturday it will provide fans with a state of the art facility and the ultimate in fan interactive experiences.

At the heart of each fan’s Hall of Fame experience is the credential and lanyard that contains a “chip” that is programmed at the ticket booth. Not only does the programmed chip personalize the Hall of Fame experience for each visitor based on their preferred college, it also serves as an identity card that allows the fan to access video and audio recordings of their Hall of Fame visiting experience once they get home.

The first sense that you get that you are now “wired” is that your favorite football team’s helmet is illuminated on the Helmet Wall. The Hall of Fame has helmets from each of the 768 college football teams and yours will light up when you enter that part of the museum.

Step in front of the video wall and the familiar sights of your team and its stand-out players jumps into life in a photo and video montage activated by your credential.

Want a recording of you singing your school’s alma mater? Want to appear on ESPN’s College Game Day in a Lee Corso style? Want to put your own commentary on some of college football’s most famous plays? Want to ask Doug Flutie about his college football experience? It can all be done at the Hall of Fame!

Furthermore you can retrieve your recordings once you get home and upload them to the internet via social media! It’s brilliant fun, for kids of all ages!

Perhaps you want to try and kick a field goal? The Hall of Fame provides a 45 yard football field complete with goal posts.

For the traditionalists there are the display cabinets full of the trophies and awards given to college footballs finest players, coaches and teams. There are also the artifacts of by-gone eras including game day programs, old football helmets and even Red Grange’s jersey.

The area designated as the Hall of Fame has been touched by technology as well. There are several video stands in the “Hall” that will automatically present the Hall of Famers from your school as you step in front of them!

It is a fabulous addition to the growing downtown area that surrounds the Centennial Olympic Park and it really is a remarkable experience for college football fans of all ages; one that should cause you to tear yourself away from the tailgate party, if only for a few hours.