Aug. 23: Grand Opening

College football comes home to Atlanta on August 23. Celebrate the pageantry and traditions of college football in this 94,000-square-foot centerpiece for the game, featuring historic and contemporary artifacts, interactive multimedia displays, children’s activities, theater, meeting facilities and special event spaces.

We’re kicking off with a Grand Opening and Tailgating Party featuring a full slate of FREE activities beginning at 9 a.m. that will appeal to fans of all ages:

  • Children’s games and activities
  • Interactive games
  • A visit from the ESPN College GameDay Bus
  • Live broadcast from 680-AM “The Fan”
  • Kids’ football clinic hosted by Kids and Pros
  • PLUS the first 1,000 people through the Hall’s doors will receive a College Football Hall of Fame T-shirt

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and various members of the College Football Hall of Fame will be on hand for the final countdown as the Hall officially opens its doors to the public at 10 a.m. Join us and celebrate the storied history of college football and be a part of the city’s biggest tailgate at the Hall’s Grand Opening.

Because of the multitude of activities taking place in downtown Atlanta on Aug. 23, we strongly encourage our guests to take MARTA to the College Football Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame is a short walk from the Dome MARTA station on the blue/green rail line. Take a train to the Five Points station, exit the train and follow the signs to the Westbound train platform. From there, board the first Westbound train and ride one stop to the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center station, and take the Phillips Arena exit out of the station.t the top of the escalators, take the stairs to your left and proceed right around the building towards the GWCC. Turn right onto Andrew Young International Blvd. and continue 1000 feet, then turn left onto Marietta St., the Hall of Fame will be directly ahead.

If you must drive, please be aware that Marietta St. will be closed between International Blvd. and Baker St. for through traffic between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m.   

  • Traffic westbound on Marietta St. may use Centennial Olympic Park Dr. southbound to Martin Luther King Blvd. eastbound to Spring St. southbound to Mitchell St. westbound to Northside Dr. northbound to Ivan Allen Blvd. eastbound back to Marietta St. 
  • Traffic eastbound on Marietta St. may turn east onto Ivan Allen Blvd. to Centennial Olympic Park Dr. and turn right to connect with Marietta St.
  • Traffic westbound on Baker St. may turn right on Chapel/Mangum St. then left on Mitchell St., take a right to Northside Dr., a right to Ivan Allen Blvd. and a right to Marietta St. 

Note:  Due to the Atlanta Track Club’s Atlanta’s Finest 5K race, Baker St. will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. However, once Baker St. opens, guests may use Baker St. to connect to Marietta St. using Centennial Olympic Park Dr.