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College Football Hall of Fame Celebrates One-Year Anniversary in Atlanta on Aug. 23

College Football Hall of Fame Celebrates One-Year Anniversary in Atlanta on Aug. 23

ATLANTA (Aug. 20, 2015) — The College Football Hall of Fame & Chick-fil-A Fan Experience will celebrate its first full year of operation in downtown Atlanta this Sunday, Aug. 23, and the attraction is observing the milestone with a special admission promotion, a Hall of Fame panel and more.

All day Sunday, guests whose age ends in the number “1” (example: 11, 21, 51, etc.) will receive free admission at walk-up ticket windows beginning at 10 a.m.

“Our first full year has proven what we knew all along: Downtown Atlanta is the absolute best place for the Hall of Fame to call home,” said College Football Hall of Fame President and CEO John W. Stephenson, Jr. “Our award-winning attraction continues to exceed every expectation for football fans, tourists, event patrons, business travelers and residents of all ages and school colors, and our team is thrilled to celebrate our anniversary with the Atlanta and college football communities.”

The attraction will also host a panel of Hall of Famers at 11:30 a.m. including Kevin Butler, Tommie Frazier, Phillip Fulmer, Tracy Ham and Mark Simoneau and welcome seven members of the 2014 Hall of Fame Class to unveil their HOF Blade commemorating the inductees beginning at 1 p.m.

“As we celebrate year one, this facility has already proven to be an amazingly valuable asset to the National Football Foundation and the college community in general — just exactly as our board intended when we selected Atlanta as the site,” said National Football Foundation President and CEO Steve Hatchell.

Special anniversary treats will be served throughout the day, and several local Atlanta mascots will make guest appearances, including the Hall’s mascot, Fumbles. There will also be a series of surprise giveaways.

The celebration doesn’t stop on Sunday. On Monday, Aug. 24, the inaugural Hall of Fame Golf Classic will be held at East Lake Golf Club where golfers have the opportunity to play a round with a Hall of Famer. Interested golfers can visit for Hall of Fame Golf Classic packages.

About Atlanta Hall Management & The College Football Hall of Fame
The 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 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 Hall of Fame attraction, which 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

Media are welcome to attend the Hall of Fame panel on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as well as the Blade unveiling with seven members from the 2014 Hall of Fame Class at 1 p.m. On Monday morning, media can also attend the Hall of Fame Golf Classic at East Lake Golf Club during registration from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.

Media Contacts:

Traci Messier
Jackson Spalding

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