May, 28 2015
College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience set to unveil Alternate Helmet Exhibit
Specialty exhibit to run throughout the summer
Atlanta (May 19, 2015) — The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience will open a new exhibit on May 23. “The Alternate Helmet — Modern Styles” in the Specialty Exhibit Delivered by UPS, will feature a selection of more than 50 alternate or throwback helmets from a number of college football programs.
With a throwback helmet from Texas A&M that dates back to a design first worn in the 1930’s, to new designs sporting chrome accents, bold colors, and non-traditional graphics, the collection’s helmets range from trendsetter programs like Oregon, to Division III’s Belhaven University.
“The alternative helmet is the latest step in the long evolution of the football helmet that began when Navy’s Joe Reeves first wore one in 1893,” explains Kent Stephens, historian & curator of the College Football Hall of Fame. “Today, the helmet is the most distinct part of the uniform. While some schools have taken the opportunity to make a fashion statement with their headgear, others have chosen to maintain a more conservative approach, and that has become a tradition in its own right.”
The Hall of Fame will host a sneak peek for season ticket holders and media on Friday, May 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. before the new exhibit opens to the public on May 23.
About Atlanta Hall Management & The College Football Hall of Fame
The new College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is a 94,256-square-foot attraction located in the heart of Atlanta's sports, entertainment and tourism district. Adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park, the new Hall provides visitors with a highly immersive, interactive and engaging experience using a blend of historic college football artifacts and state-of-the-art, interactive multimedia exhibits. The National Football Foundation (NFF) launched the Hall in 1951 to stand as one of the nation's premier sports shrines, immortalizing the game’s greatest players and coaches as positive role models for future generations. Atlanta Hall Management, Inc., partnered with the NFF to construct and operate the new Hall of Fame attraction, which also provides a platform for community outreach, education and character development initiatives, as well as serves as one of Atlanta’s premier special event spaces. For more information, please visit www.cfbhall.com.
Jackson Spalding for the College Football Hall of Fame