An intimate group of 20 Event Coordinators’ Network members had the opportunity to visit the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta on May 20, 2015.
Originally residing in South Bend, Indiana, the Hall moved to our beloved Atlanta in fall 2014 to a new 95,000 square-foot facility, of which 50,000 square feet are available for event space.
The Omni Hotel, conveniently located next door, is the space’s exclusive caterer. They have an extensive menu, unusually offering Chick-fil-A on their menu to cater to the “Chick-fil-A Fan Experience”.
The College Football Hall of Fame has three amazing floors, each showcasing something different. Upon walking into the Hall, you feel like an athlete on your favorite team as you enter "Running Man Hall”.
The first floor consists of the Quad and the Field. The Quad is where you register your “pass” that customizes your experience to your team as you walk through the Hall. The space also features their famous “wall of helmets”, which houses helmets from over 800 schools across all divisions of college football.
The Field is a fun, unusual attraction at the Hall that offers endless possibilities for events on its 14,000 square-feet of durable turf (high heels-friendly!) and a 30-foot by 18-foot plasma screen for presentations or videos. In addition, there is a “skill zone” which includes a quarterback challenge and field goal challenge. Not an athlete? Use the Coca-Cola stations to show off your “fumble face” or “touchdown dance”!
The second floor of the Hall houses the exhibit space, including their 150-person theater. Upon entering, you are welcomed by their “100-foot iPad” – a touch-screen media wall that is customized to your personal college football experience. The rest of the second floor features over 15 individual experiences that you can continue to share and cherish after you leave the museum – anything from fight song karaoke to the virtual face painting station – there is something for everyone.
The third floor is rather simple compared to the loud and colorful first two floors, but houses exactly what everyone comes for – the Hall of Fame. A wall featuring stories of leadership built through college football precedes the entrance to the Hall of Fame rotunda. “Virtual playing cards” are featured on electronic stands all through the middle of the room, with plenty of space for a seated meal around the edges of the rotunda. With a beautiful view of downtown as the backdrop, this event space would be ideal for a more formal meal or gathering.
Make sure to check out the College Football Hall of Fame on your own when you have a free weekend sometime – you won’t regret it!
For after-hours events contact:
Brian Foley, Director of Sales and Events
For daytime tours contact:
Jodi O’Gara, Manager of Education and Group Sales