College Football Hall of Fame Atlanta: 11+ Awesome Things You Need To Know

The Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame Atlanta and Fan Experience is one of Atlanta’s most popular attractions and the ultimate tailgate experience. Guests are whisked through a tunnel into a three-story atrium with 760 football helmets from different schools around the country….and the excitement of Game Day begins.

The College Football Hall of Fame Atlanta is 95,000 square feet. It has a 45-yard indoor football field, more than 50 engaging and interactive exhibits, and a shrine to the greatest to ever play or coach the game — all in the heart of downtown Atlanta.

This inspirational Hall of Fame displays your favorite team’s historical artifacts within 3 stories, with 5 themed galleries and over 50 interactive exhibits, including a 47-yard football field.

But the College Football Hall of Fame Atlanta isn’t just about on-field feats of glory. This interactive museum offers many experiences personalized to your favorite team and includes art, science, history, music, and just plain fun for everyone from fanatic fans to the casual observer. Enter through the Hall of Fame Rotunda and get ready to explore.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.

College Football Hall of Fame Atlanta: The Ultimate Fan Experience
Photo courtesy of the College Football Hall of Fame Atlanta.

Coolest Places To Stay Near College Football Hall of Fame

  • Best Family-Friendly Stay. Guests at the Downtown Atlanta Hilton Garden Inn can enjoy on-site gourmet dining at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants. The hotel also features both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. This hotel is about a 3 minute walk from the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • Best Across the Street. The Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park is only steps away from the College Football Hall of Fame, in fact, it’s just across the street! There’s a seasonal outdoor pool, and a free made-to-order breakfast. You can visit the on-site Ruth Chris Steakhouse for lunch and dinner.
  • Best with Covered Walkway. This luxury Atlanta Omni Hotel @ CNN Center is connected to State Farm Arena, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the Georgia World Congress Center. Features a heated outdoor pool with a hot tub.

PREPARING FOR GAME DAY AT THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ATLANTA: THE ULTIMATE FAN EXPERIENCE

Enter into the Quad where you register, using your attraction ticket, which is a hard plastic all access pass on a lanyard. Once registered, the attraction ticket becomes the key to a customized experience throughout the attraction. Post trip, you can download personalized interactive segments such as a TV or radio broadcasts.

My favorite part of the Quad is the almost floor-to-ceiling wall of inspirational artwork by Georgia artist Steve Penley. As a University of Georgia graduate, it had to be hard for him to paint tributes to schools like Florida. Come to think of it, I’m not positive Florida is part of the mural.

The Hall is within walking distance of many other attractions and part of Atlanta CityPASS, which allows you to save up to 43% off regular ticket prices. AND…it’s even great for locals because you now have up to 30 days to use the tickets. See more info here about CityPASS.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME, NOT JUST FOR THE ULTIMATE FAN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ATLANTA: THE ULTIMATE FAN EXPERIENCE
Photo courtesy of the College Football Hall of Fame Atlanta.

I went to Virginia Tech. In recent years, they’ve had some success on the gridiron, but, as I learned, the Hokies don’t have a lot of Hall of Famers. I enjoy the pageantry, traditions and good ole-fashion party of a football game, but I wouldn’t say I’m a rabid fan.

That’s what I liked about the College Football Hall of Fame Atlanta; you don’t have to bleed college colors to enjoy it. There are exhibits dedicated to fight songs; I tried to sing the VT fight song, but it was horrid. No wonder I’ve never heard it.

My youngest doesn’t know any football players, but had fun creating a mascot. Everyone got a kick (hehe) out of the Chick fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone, although it was apparent we have no Hall of Fame football prospects in our family.

Here, you’ll take to the football field to try a few kicks through the goal posts…and then a throw or two into the end zone.

SCIENCE BEHIND COLLEGE FOOTBALL

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ATLANTA: THE ULTIMATE FAN EXPERIENCE
Photo courtesy of the College Football Hall of Fame Atlanta.

It wasn’t just the interactive elements. The museum really focuses on all aspects of the game too. There are elaborate play books showcasing strategy, former players talking about how lessons on the field translated to off-field success, as well as the psychology of the game. There is even a section on the science behind the gear.

THE ULTIMATE COLLEGE FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ATLANTA: THE ULTIMATE FAN EXPERIENCE
Photo courtesy of the College Football Hall of Fame Atlanta.

For the ultimate fan, there’s lots here for you too. A giant 52-foot-long photo wall is customized for your team. Enjoy photos and video of game day, swipe smaller photos to move them to the big screen.

This exhibit is sure to stir a flood of memories that will have you gladly penning the big check to your school without thinking twice.

HOW TO MAKE THE COLLEGE HALL OF FAME BETTER

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ATLANTA: THE ULTIMATE FAN EXPERIENCE

One thing that would make the College Football Hall of Fame even better, is a red solo cup and a picnic spread waiting at the end.

After three hours viewing the storied trophies and immortalized plays; calling games and calling plays; recruiting players and organizing the band; testing our speed and agility, and even cheering on our favorite team, we were ready to sit a spell in The Grove at Ole Miss and enjoy a cocktail.

SIX TIPS FOR VISIT TO THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ATLANTA

My family had so much fun at the College Football Hall of Fame, we spent three hours roaming, reading and playing. To get the most out of your visit to the Football Hall of Fame, here are five tips to keep in mind.

  1. Go Early. As with most attractions, getting to the HOF early, when it opens, is a great way to beat the lines. Since so much of this attraction is customized for you, you’ll want to play at the kiosks without having to wait for other people.
  2. Head to Level Two First. Level Two is where most of the interactive exhibits, like create a mascot, record a play-by-play or be a sports anchor in a broadcast, are located. If you want to play, you may want to head here first before the crowds build up.
  3. Find out What’s Going On Downtown. Before you head to the College Football Hall of Fame, find out what conventions or special events are at the Georgia World Congress Center or Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Large conventions could affect the crowds at the Hall of Fame, or as when we went, traffic getting to the Hall.
  4. Where to Stay. If you’d like to stay downtown, there is an Embassy Suites directly across from the Football Hall of Fame. In addition, there is a covered walk way from the Omni CNN Center to the Football Hall of Fame. You will have to go outside, but it’s through a covered walkway, away from wind, sun and other elements. We also enjoy Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, just a few hundred yards from The Hall. There are also tons of family friendly attractions close by including the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, SkyView Atlanta, Centennial Olympic Park and more.
  5. Chick-fil-A is Closed on Sunday. Chick-fil-A is a sponsor of the College Football Hall of Fame and there is a restaurant attached to the attraction. Before you get your heart set on one of those incredible hand spun milkshakes, remember, Chick-fil-A is closed on Sunday, even though Football Hall of Fame hours include Sunday.
  6. Save with CityPASS. The College Football Hall of Fame has been added to the Atlanta CityPASS. If you are wondering where the Football Hall of Fame is located, it’s in the attractions district of Downtown Atlanta, within walking distance of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Georgia Aquarium, and the World of Coca-Cola which are also on the Atlanta CityPASS. You can Save over 40% with CityPASS.

College Football Hall of Fame FAQ

Where is the College Football Hall of Fame located?

The Hall is located at 250 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center on Marietta Street across the street from Centennial Olympic Park. Parking is available in the Green Deck (corner of Baker and Marietta Streets), which is connected to the Hall. Parking there is $15 for up to 3 hours, and $1 for each additional hour during non-special-event times.

How large is the College Football Hall of Fame?

The College Football Hall of Fame is 94,256 square feet, including 50,000 square feet of exhibit space and a 45-yard indoor football field!

How many players and coaches are in the College Football Hall of Fame?

Approximately 1000 players and 200 coaches have been enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Approximately 5.06 million people have played college football, with only 0.02% becoming Hall of Famers.

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College Football Hall of Fame Atlanta: 11+ Awesome Things You Need To Know