In honor of the college football players and coaches who have been selected by the media as first team All-Americans, the National Football Foundation (NFF) established the Hall of Fame in 1951. Atlanta, Georgia’s downtown now hosts the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, which first opened in August 2014.
The 94,256-square-foot venue sits right next to the Georgia World Congress Center and the Centennial Olympic Park in the heart of Atlanta’s sports, entertainment, and tourism district. The Hall of Fame features a three-story helmet wall, historical artifacts, and the uplifting Hall of Fame rotunda, all of which are must-sees for any sports fan.
The Hall has three levels. Visitors are greeted by a massive helmet wall that represents every collegiate team in the United States. A 45-yard football field, perfect for skills competitions or other events, can be found on the ground floor as well. You can also watch the game on the massive jumbotron.
The second floor is a playground for football fans. Join in on virtual face painting, sing karaoke versions of your favorite fight songs, or make a pick at the ESPN College GameDay desk.
On the third story is where you’ll find the actual College Football Hall of Fame. Only the very greatest college football players deserve to enter this sacred hall. A new group of football greats will be honored with induction into the College Football Hall of Fame every year, and their stories will be featured in the museum’s displays.
There Is always an inspiring film playing in a huge, panoramic theater at the College Football Hall of Fame. The Game Day Theatre serves several purposes. However, on any given day, the theatre shows a game day film.
At the Hall, you’ll have an experience unlike any other. The augmented reality booth puts you in the middle of the LSU marching band or allows you to see the Georgia Bulldogs running onto the field from every angle. Alternatively, don an Oculus VR headset and transport yourself to any of 14 different collegiate football venues.
The Hall itself is a fantastic memorial to the history of college football. Take a gander and learn more about all the great coaches and players and who have fine tuned college football to the game that it is today. The Hall of Fame is the closest you will get to that ‘game-day’ feeling without having to be on a campus per say. Visiting during the off season visits evoke a lot of nostalgia, leaving you in desperate craving the return of college football.