Disclosure: My family was hosted by the College Football Hall of Fame for this visit. However, all opinions are my own.
Are you a football fan? If so, you do not want to miss the opportunity to visit the College Football Hall of Fame! Even if you are not a football lover, I am confident that you will love this place and all of the interactive fun it has to offer.
If you ever wondered what it is like to be a football player you will get your chance. If you are a big history buff, you will get your fix. If you are obsessed with the latest technology on the market you will be impressed. If you need some new football paraphernalia it’s available for purchase. If you want to feel like a star, get ready to watch your face light up on the big screen. What ever your interest is, College Football Hall of Fame has something for you!
This is a place that the entire family will enjoy experiencing together. There are awesome memories to be created for people of any age. There is fun to be had at every turn. So grab your cameras and get ready to experience football in a whole new way. This place is a must-see when in Atlanta!
95,000 square feet. A 45-yard indoor football field. More than 50 engaging and interactive exhibits.
A shrine to the greatest to ever play or coach the game.
All in the heart of downtown Atlanta.
Founded in 1951 by the National Football Foundation, the College Football Hall of Fame immortalizes the greatest of the amateur gridiron. 5.1 million people have coached or played the game and less than 1,300 are inductees in the Hall. This makes the College Football Hall of Fame an extremely selective group of individuals.
Originally slated to be built on the Rutgers University campus – home of the first college football game in 1869 – the Hall ultimately found its first home in Kings Mill, Ohio in 1978. The Ohio location closed in 1992 and the Hall relocated to South Bend, Indiana where it resided from 1995 to 2012.
In 2014, the College Football Hall of Fame opened in Atlanta, a major hub of college football activity, a convention and tourist destination, and home of one of the nation’s busiest airports. It’s a $68.5 million, 95,000 square foot, state-of-the-art tribute to 977 players, 211 coaches, and countless fans.
Located in the heart of Atlanta’s sports, tourism and entertainment districts, the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is steps away from the iconic Centennial Olympic Park and surrounded by other attractions including the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center, and much more.
In addition to celebrating the best of college football, the Hall serves as one of the most unique and popular private event spaces in Atlanta. The Hall also provides a platform for character development initiatives, community outreach and education throughout the city.
Three floors, five themed galleries and over 50 interactive exhibits, including a 47-yard football field and a three-story wall of over 750 college football helmets, awaits visitors. Visit the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience today.
We visited at opening on a Sunday morning and the crowd was at bay. However, by the time we left in the afternoon a nice crowd had gathered. We were happy to roam freely and enjoy all of the interactive exhibits without the wait time. I must admit that I was completely surprised from the moment I entered the facility until the time we ended our visit. This place has some of the best technology around. I can easily see how this was a really great addition to Atlanta is 2014!
We received a tour of the facility from Megan Hendrix who was so knowledgeable and kind. She was really thorough with our tour and answering the many questions we had before turning us loose to explore on our own. In fact, all of the staff we came in contact with was really helpful and welcoming.
We completely enjoyed the 3 levels of history and fun! We started out on level one, by creating our All-Access Account. This was easily done by using our All-Access Pass to select our favorite college team, and linking it with our name and email. This was proven to be beneficial because all of our scores and interactive recordings can be accessed long after our visit is over! The coolest part was that once we selected our favorite team we were able to watch our teams football helmet light up among hundreds of other college football helmets on the three-story helmet wall.
One of our favorite things on level one was the Indoor Playing Field. We got to experience the rush that football players feel by kicking field goals, running like quarter backs and even taking on a cool obstacle course. Another fun factor was the chance to be on the big screen by completing four different fan reaction faces. For example, a smiling face, a fumble face, a touchdown face and a victory face. The great news is that Niah and KJ made it on the big screen!! So much fun!
Level two was another personal favorite! We did Fight Song Karaoke. I chose the song Victor and totally fumbled it but had fun while trying. Niah had a blast doing Face Painting Palooza. This is where she was able to interactively decorate her picture in game day face paint. KB loved the live ESPN broadcasting. He felt like a natural! Actually, I think we all did a pretty good job. KJ loved the 360 degree virtual reality experience. We all loved watching the short documentary in the Game Theater and so much more!
College Football Hall of Fame is packed with so much rich history and some of the coolest technology. We felt like stars as we watched our names light up on walls and screens just by walking by. Honestly, I have never seen anything else like it. We truly had a great family experience, created a ton of memories and absolutely can not wait to return!
I practically had to drag KB out of here. He did not want to leave!
Plan Your Visit
Sunday-Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Adults $21.99, Kids $17.99 (Children under 3 – free)
250 Marietta Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
Green Deck (corner of Baker and Marietta Streets)
Overflow parking is available in the Georgia World Congress Center’s Red Deck.
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