College Football Hall of Fame Celebrates Relocation to Atlanta
June 14, 2012 – Last night, members of the National Football Foundation, including Chairman Archie
Published: 6/14/2012 12:00:00 AM
June 14, 2012 – Last night, members of the National Football Foundation, including Chairman Archie Manning, members of the College Football Hall of Fame, celebrities, and Atlanta civic and business leaders celebrated the relocation of the College Football Hall of Fame to Atlanta.
The Hall of Fame has made great progress over the last several months. The project has been restarted with a renewed commitment from the National Football Foundation, the owner of the Hall. The Hall of Fame’s new management team has secured several new sponsors and is expecting an opening in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The site of the new Hall of Fame is the Georgia World Congress Center green parking lot off of Marietta Street in downtown Atlanta which is adjacent to the Georgia Dome, Centennial Olympic Park, the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center and the new Center for Civil and Human Rights, which will break ground this month.
“We are thrilled to bring the College Football Hall of Fame to Atlanta,” said Manning, Chairman of the National Football Foundation. “We know that Atlanta and the southeast have passionate college football fans and alumni groups from schools from throughout the country, and locating the Hall near so many other Atlanta attractions will make it viable and easily accessible for college football fans.”
The National Football Foundation has granted a 30-year license to Atlanta Hall Management to build and operate the Hall.
“We’re very committed to this project in Atlanta and to the new management team,” says Steve Hatchell, president & CEO of the National Football Foundation. “We believe Atlanta is the best place for the Hall and will be a great home to the history of college football.”
“Our goal is to deliver a state-of-the-art attraction and event venue that not only celebrates the past, present and future of college football, but is also one that is worthy of our partners’ investments. In addition to being a source of pride for Hall of Famers, the attraction will be a valuable asset to the National Football Foundation, the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia,” says John W. Stephenson Jr., interim president & CEO of Atlanta Hall Management. “The facility will drive additional economic activity to downtown Atlanta, and will sustain itself on its own revenues.”
Approximately 200 attended the reception at Ventanas in downtown Atlanta which overlooks the new Hall of Fame site. In 2009, the National Football Foundation voted to move the College Football Hall of Fame from South Bend, Ind., to downtown Atlanta.
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