College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-Fil-A Fan Experience
Ever since the museum was first being built, my husband has been wanting to visit the college football hall of fame. He is a huge college football buff. Not to mention a Tennessee Volunteers fan. When you ask him how he likes to spend his weekends, he would tell you most definitely at home watching ESPN, College sports highlights, keeping up with the latest stats of the teams, players and scores, and of course college football. If his nose is not glued to the television he is reading football forums on his Ipad. He remembers more football stats, plays, players first and last names, where they graduated from high school, etc. more than anyone else I know. He can have a conversation with any stranger as long as it has something to do with college football..it’s serious business. So when we were given the opportunity to visit the College Football Hall of Fame, I knew he would be on cloud nine for the day!
What is the College Football Hall of Fame exactly? Well you probably already guessed it. It is a museum devoted to college football of course. The museum was built and opened in beautiful downtown Atlanta in August 2014. It is within close proximity of Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park. The beautiful three story high building holds college artifacts, trophies, interactive displays, event space, and even a 45 yard line indoor football field. Try kicking a football over the field goal while you are there. It is not your regular museum with just statues. To me it is so much better! The third floor is totally dedicated to the Hall of Fame Exhibit.
You will start out first by activating your college game day pass in the lobby. This begins your interactive and personal museum experience. You will pick your favorite team on the screen and watch your helmet (amongst almost 800 other team helmets) light up on the wall. It was a beautiful display and this was just the beginning. This is very important! Make sure not to skip this step. Also, make sure to register with a good email address. Your experience through the interactive museum will capture and email your video clips later and will be available for 30 days to view and download.
After that, you get to experience the 45 yard line indoor football field. It looks easy but it is harder than you think. After many tries (I lost count), my husband just could not kick the football over the goal. It was still fun watching and laughing as we attempted! Yes, I attempted too. Don’t laugh. It was so cute watching other children attempting to kick the football too! I think I had seen only two or three fans actually kick it over the field goal when I was there.
From there we made our way up to the second floor of the museum. You are now entering the Why We Love Football Exhibit. There you will see a large media wall filled with photos and videos of various football teams, players, cheerleaders, etc. It is an interactive wall and will detect your selected team, one where you registered in the lobby.
Also on the second floor is located the Game Day Theater where you will watch a short clip called The Game of Your Life in HD 4K. You definitely do not want to miss out on this film. The surround sound was pretty awesome and the ten-minute clip will give you chills. If you are wearing any type of hearing aids or are sensitive to loud sounds, then you may want to take note. We were a little disappointed that we did not see the TN Vols in the film but we were told that this film will be changing soon with updated game day clips from various teams. However, my Georgia readers will be happy to know that the Bulldogs were definitely seen in this film on more than one occasion.
Following the film, you will take a stroll through the rest of the exhibit. There are lots to see and do. What I really was impressed most about the museum, is there are even fun activities and even interactive scavenger hunts for the kids! I think my favorite was the fight song karaoke. I enjoyed singing “Rocky Top” in front of the video playback. My husband especially enjoyed the interactive ESPN College GameDay desk where he played out and read a script of his Tennessee team’s game day win. Both video playbacks are downloaded to your game day profile and available for viewing and downloading later.
We learned alot about the transition of football from when it all first began. It was fascinating to learn about the history of the players and coaches, their experiences in college, even what they use to wear when playing the game –like their shoes, helmets, protection gear etc in comparison to today’s uniforms. We especially appreciated the display case of the service academies.
There is so much to see in this beautifully designed museum. You will just need to see for yourself! I would definitely recommend atleast 2.5 hours to tour the museum. They did such a good job when building this museum and they continue to add to displays. A great thing about the museum is that you can also host events and birthday parties here! You can have your event held right on the 45-yard line football field or even on the third floor of the Hall of Fame exhibit. Throughout the year they also have featured events and activities scheduled.
College Football Hall of Fame
250 Marietta St
Atlanta GA 30313
To plan your experience, you can purchase your tickets ONLINE or at the door. They even offer Season tickets as well. If you plan to spend a couple of days in Atlanta, this location is also included in the CityPass bundle.
Adult – $19.99
Kids (3-12) $16.99
Seniors (65+) , Military, Student $17.99 (available at the box office only)
*Kids under 3 are FREE
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the College Football Hall of Fame and cannot thank Malia enough for our personal tour! We look forward to bringing the family back in the future.
BOOK YOUR NEXT BIRTHDAY PARTY:
Contact is Jodi O’Gara (404)880-4841
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Contact is Kristi Mershon (404)880-4845
or Brian Foley (404)880-4840
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