I traveled to Atlanta today with Jeff Roberson of The Ole Miss Spirit. We toured the new College Football Hall of Fame.
I’ll have a lot more on that in an upcoming Daily Journal story.
In the meantime, if you’re coming over for tomorrow’s Ole Miss-Boise game the Hall is well worth a visit.
Lots of nifty Ole Miss representation and a great overall experience.
Here are a few highllights.
- Opened last Saturday.
- Hours of operation – Sunday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9-6. Admission $19.99 adults, $16.99 kids 3-12.
- Cost $66.5 million to build.
- Hall encompasses 94,256 square feet including 50,000 feet of exhibit space and a 45-yard indoor field where fans can kick field goals and participate in other football drills.
- If fans “check in” with their name and contact information their visit becomes personalized. This means that each time they approach an exhibit, their credential is recognized by software within the exhibit which then presents all information from their chosen school.
- The Quad, a grand entry way noted for its 768 helmets representing all college football teams from every level of competiton.
- The Game Day Theatre, 10-minute ultra-HD introductory video celebrating the passion and pageantry of college football.
- Among the interactive exhibits were those that allowed fans to deliver their own play-by-play calls and also sit on the ESPN Game Day set with Chris Fowler and Desmond Howard and pick the winner. The head gear immediately appears on your head.
- One section is dedicated to rivalries. A handful are described in a permanent structure, but through the interactive video fans can choose whatever team they like and learn of that team’s rivalries.
- The first two floors of the Hall celebrate the game. The third floor is where Hall of Fame members are recorded. This is not done through busts and plaques that might be associated with a traditional Hall of Fame. Members’ histories, many with interviews, are shared through the touch screen process.