The new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta opens to the public on Saturday. The 94,256 square foot facility includes 50,000 square feet of exhibit space across three floors. Below is a look at some of the things that caught our eye during the Hall’s media day.
WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO KNOW
The Hall is located adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center on Marietta Street, next to Centennial Olympic Park and near the Georgia Dome.
The hall has 198,000 feet of conduit, 937,200 feet of wire, 6,000 light fixtures and 484 tons of steel.
WHERE’S YOUR HELMET?
The Helmet Wall will greet fans when they enter the facility. It currently houses 818 helmets, covering all divisions of the college game with space for up to 50 more.
Meet “Fumbles,” the new mascot for the hall.
IT’S ALL ABOUT MY TEAM
The “Why We Love College Football” exhibit features a 52-foot-long interactive media wall. Purchase a ticket, register your favorite team and receive an RFID-enabled badge, then this wall reads the badge and you’ll see a personalized experience.
THE FIELD OF BATTLE
Off the main entrance is “The Playing Field,” a 45-yard replica field where guests can do skill drills and kick field goals.
THE TROPHY CASE
This is the “Champions Archive.” With your RFID badge, you can scroll through — and download to your phone — your team’s entire award history.
CLIMB THE COACHING TREE
The hall’s section on coaching features a “field” of coaching trees, including Miami (Ohio)’s and Bear Bryant’s.
THE BAND IS OUT ON THE FIELD
Above is probably the most famous trombone in the history of college football — the one used by Stanford’s Gary Tyrell in the famous Cal-Stanford game in 1982. Tyrell was knocked down by Cal’s Kevin Moen on the game’s final play.
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE QB
Notre Dame’s Joe Montana was suffering from hypothermia at halftime of the 1979 Cotton Bowl. Thanks to chicken soup given to him in the above bowl, Montana returned in the second half and led the Irish to a 35-34 win against Houston.
THE GOAL OF EVERY PLAYER
Above is the actual Hall of Fame Room, where 948 players and 207 coaches are enshrined. Each inductee has a 30-seconds tribute film that can be viewed in this room.