History of the Hall

Founded in 1951 by the National Football Foundation, the College Football Hall of Fame was established to recognize and immortalize the greatest players and coaches of the game. The NFF opened the Hall’s first physical location in 1978 in Ohio and today, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta spans 94,256 square feet featuring 977 players and 211 coaches, representing 305 schools. With over 5.1 million people having coached or played the game, that makes the College Football Hall of Fame an extremely selective group of individuals.

Originally slated to be built on the Rutgers University campus – home of the first college football game in 1869 – the Hall ultimately found its first home in Kings Mill, Ohio in 1978. The Ohio location closed in 1992 and the Hall relocated to South Bend, Indiana where it resided from 1995 to 2012.  The new Hall, a $68.5 million, state-of-the-art tribute to the game’s greatest fan bases, players and coaches, moved from South Bend to Atlanta, Georgia in 2014. Atlanta is a hub of college football activity; home to one of the nation’s busiest airports; and a major convention and tourist destination, making it the ideal choice for the Hall’s home.

Located in the heart of Atlanta’s sports, tourism and entertainment district, the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is steps away from the iconic Centennial Olympic Park and surrounded by other attractions including the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center, and much more.  

In addition to celebrating the best of college football, the Hall serves as one of the most unique and popular private event spaces in Atlanta.  The Hall also provides a platform for character development initiatives, community outreach and education throughout the city.

Three floors, five themed galleries and over 50 interactive exhibits, including a 47-yard, indoor football field and a three-story wall of football helmets representing the more 750 teams that play the game, awaits visitors. Purchase your tickets and visit the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience today.