The full name of the facility will be The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-Fil-A Fan Experience. It’s scheduled to open to the public on August 23rd in downtown Atlanta, Georgia across from Centennial Olympic Park. The National Football Foundation moved the Hall of Fame from South Bend, Indiana where it closed in 2012. The new 94,000 square-foot facility will feature exhibits and artifacts honoring its players and coaches. It will also house an interactive, multimedia experience and skills exhibit on a 45-yard-long football field that will provide the fans with “a powerful opportunity to experience the game’s pageantry and passions in a revolutionary setting,” according to its website.
The Hall of Fame’s opening day takes place two days before the official start of the next college football season. It also feature induction ceremonies for the Hall of Fame’s newest members including such familiar names coaches Jerry Moore and Mike Bellotti, Purdue defensive tackle Dave Butz, Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton, South Carolina wire receiver Sterling Sharpe, TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson and a posthumous induction for Alabama linebacker Derrick Thomas,
We’re tempted to make a crass joke about how none of these players got paid for the hard work they did to earn such an honor but we’ll save that for another day. These guys finally have a massive facility that truly makes it an honor to be called one of the greats of college football.