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College Football Hall of Fame set to open Aug. 23

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Before the start of the college football season, the newly relocated College Football Hall of Fame will officially open the doors for fans of all teams in downtown Atlanta. The College Football Hall of Fame will open on August 23, just in time for fans making a journey to Atlanta later that week for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff events to get a trip down memory lane.

The new hall, which relocated from South Bend, Indiana, is actually opening a couple of days early, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“It’s not often that a construction project opens early, but we are,” said John Stephenson, president and CEO of Atlanta Hall Management. Being able to open a few days early is no small feat, but the timing could not be much better for the hall of fame.

Boise State and Ole Miss will open the season in Atlanta on Thursday, August 28 in the first of two games for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game schedule. Two nights later Alabama will take on West Virginia. With fans expected to be flocking to Atlanta to support all four teams, this is the perfect opportunity for the hall of fame to welcome fans in for a glimpse of college football history. Having the hall in Atlanta just makes sense as well as Atlanta is a hub for college football.

Chick-fil-A is also a major sponsor of the new hall of fame. The official name of the facility is The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience. No word on whether or not all who pass through the hall are given a free spicy chicken sandwich on the way out.

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6 Responses to “College Football Hall of Fame set to open Aug. 23”
  1. friarjack61 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:18 PM

    Atlanta ?

    The home of college football ?

  2. dmvtransplant says: Jul 10, 2014 3:52 PM

    Can’t they do what the NFL does and have the game by the Hall be the Hall of Fame game? Call it the Chick-fil-A presents the Hall of Fame kick-off game, come on it even rhymes.

  3. dryzzt23 says: Jul 10, 2014 8:14 PM

    Football was born in OHIO, the college HoF should be in OHIO.

    Why Atlanta? I’m going to go out on a limb and say that an SEC bias is at play here. You can add in the fact that the media probably steered it to the south b/c:
    a) SEC bias
    b) they want a game in warm weather to start the season (they’d use the same argument that they use to have every bowl game in the south).

  4. rcr2001 says: Jul 10, 2014 11:20 PM

    Why Atlanta? Because Atlanta is a major city and is a/the major hub of American air travel. Trust me when I say that I am not a huge fan of Atlanta- lived there for three years but am a Texan and thankfully back… But it is pretty clear what is happening here, and it is not SEC bias (after all, Atlanta is home to Georgia Tech of the ACC; the conference of the reigning national champ). The last 7 before that were the SEC- I know you know that and you should have been put in your place by Florida and LSU, but you weren’t. Yes you went unbeaten two years ago, but we’re on probation for a reason and still weren’t that good, squeaking by in several lowly non-conference and bad conference games. You would’ve finished 6th that year in the SEC. Last year you had it- but got beat by a really good Mich St team that was much much better than you and who you didn’t face that year in the regular season… Look, you play in an awful, terrible conference- except for a few Wisconsin teams over the last few years that were worth a damn, and the Michigan State team last year that legitimately could’ve played with anybody and won, the only Big 10 team of the past decade that you could say that for….. The worst thing that could’ve happened for the Big 10, and especially OH-IO St, is the new playoff system, because you can maybe skate through your sh*tty conference and get into it, but will never EVER beat 2 teams back-to-back to win a championship. I hope you enjoyed 2002 Fiesta Bowl- the best team doesn’t always when, just the best team that day-which you were but is debateable- but the likelihood of OSU beating at least one SEC team (who is in playoff) and a really good ACC team like Florida St or Clemson, or an Oklahoma team, or a team from the most improved Conference in America, the PAC 12 with Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, amongst others; or ANOTHER SEC team; in order to reach the National Championship is virtually impossible for you or anybody in your conference (besides Sparty). You know that right? You can pull off an incredible upset like Miami every once in a while, but not twice in a row which is what is required to win a national championship…. In summary, O-H-I-O Go Bucks suck, Cleveland’s population has been cut in half in the last 10 years; Columbus is okay but not a long term destination for anyone, and Cincinnati is okay but is basically Kentucky. So, yes CFB- fine move in moving HOF to Atlanta, and a GREAT move by not moving it into Ohio…..

  5. dmvtransplant says: Jul 11, 2014 2:25 AM


    Football was born in New Jersey, so unless you want the HoF at Rutgers or Princeton you don’t really have a case to make?

  6. wvuandsteelers says: Jul 11, 2014 7:45 AM

    Why Atlanta? Because Ohio sucks.

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