College Football Hall of Fame moving to Atlanta
The College Football Hall of Fame is relocating from Sound Bend, ID to Atlanta, GA. A new 50,000-square-foot building worth $50 million is expected to open the fall of 2012.
The National Football Foundation's Board of Directors decided to move to Atlanta after operating in South Bend since 1995. The Hall was established in 1951.
The draw? Atlanta's population of 5.3 million and convention traffic of more than five million annual visitors is expected boost tourist revenue for the Hall. Additionally, the new structure will be in thriving downtown area of entertainment attractions, superior access via the country's busiest airport and an inviting year-round climate.
"I am thrilled to welcome the College Football Hall of Fame to Georgia," said Governor Sonny Perdue. "Atlanta is the ideal location for this unique attraction, and I am confident both Georgians and tourists to our state will visit often. College football is a big part of our culture here in the South, so it makes perfect sense to place the Hall of Fame right here in the cradle of support for this great sport."
Georgia's capital city also caught the Foundations eye by being the home of more corporate headquarters for college football sponsors than any other market - including Chick-fil-A, AT&T, Coca-Cola and The Home Depot.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl and its corporate partner, Chick-fil-A, have each committed $5 million for the new College Football Hall of Fame facility. The Chick-fil-A Bowl will operate the new facility.