Lloyd Brown, Stadium Journey

Sports Journey: College Football Hall of Fame

While on a game-related trip, we often have free time either before or after the contest. It also is not unusual to have a game cancelled or postponed due to inclement weather. Today we begin a new series, Sports Journeys, which provides information on interesting sports venues you might like to visit in case your plans change, or when you arrive in your destination city.

The College Football Hall of Fame relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in 2014 from its former home in South Bend, Indiana. The three-story Hall of Fame Building is conveniently located near both Philips Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United soccer and many of college football’s top games, including the Peach Bowl, the SEC Championship game and the 2018 National College Football Championship Game.

It will be readily apparent when you arrive at this Hall of Fame, that it is not your typical marble bust in a formal setting type of facility. The facility is designed to celebrate college football and its greatest players in the most interactive ways possible. Upon paying your admission, you will be handed a computerized lanyard with your email information and favorite college team. This will play a key part in your enjoyment of your Hall of Fame visit.

Lloyd Brown, Stadium Journey

As you enter the building, you will see two stunning visual elements: a wall of more than 200 football helmets representing every school participating in college football. When you swipe your lanyard across a viewer, your team’s helmet will be spotlighted on the wall. The other wall of interest is a three-story high montage of college football’s greatest moments painted by Atlanta artist Steve Penley.

Lloyd Brown, Stadium Journey

The third element of the first floor is the Skill Zone, where you can attempt a field goal, run through blocking dummies, or participate in passing drills.

The second floor houses the Fans Game Day Gallery and a majority of the interactive exhibits. First up is Fight Song Karaoke. After you swipe your lanyard across a scanner, the college band will start to play your favorite school’s fight song. You singalong with the words shown on a screen and your performance will be recorded. You’ll then proceed to the face painting area, where you will electronically have you face painted in the team colors (on a screen only) and your favorite team’s logo.

Lloyd Brown, Stadium Journey

Prospective radio and television announcers will love the next station, where you will view one of your favorite team’s greatest football plays on a monitor while you announce the play from a script provided at the base of the screen. Other exhibits on this floor will take an in-depth look at the history of tailgating, the progression of football equipment over the years, a salute to the service academies’ gridiron programs, and an often humorous look at some of college football’s greatest rivalries.

Lloyd Brown, Stadium Journey

You will then travel to the top floor, which contains the names of all the members of the College Football Hall of Fame and a listing of their accomplishments. Again, this is a 21st century Hall of Fame, so you will step up to a touchscreen and choose the member you want information on by their name, what school they attended or what year they were admitted into the Hall. The information provided on the screen includes the member’s photo; their record held and in many cases a video or film of their greatest play.  

As you finish your visit, you will be able to pick up some great souvenirs at the Gift Store. One other important detail… don’t throw away that lanyard you received. When you get back home, you will want to share the great time you had at the College Football Hall of Fame. You can then go to your home computer… go to www.cfbhall.com click on all access pass and then enter your email you registered during your visit and the number printed on your lanyard. An electronic record of your fun day at the Hall of Fame will appear for you to download and enjoy forever.

  • The College Football Hall of Fame     

  • 250 Marietta Street Atlanta, Georgia 30313

  • Hours: Sunday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 9am-6pm

  • www.cfbhall.com           

  • (404) 880-4800

Scout NFL Network Top Stories