College Football Hall of Fame finds high-tech home
by Charles Odum, AP Sports Writer
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A vintage football helmet is shown at the College Football Hall of Fame, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Atlanta. The College Football Hall of Fame finally is ready for its grand opening on Saturday following its move from South Bend, Ind. Fundraising issues forced several delays in the project, that had been scheduled to open in 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
A vintage football helmet is shown at the College Football Hall of Fame, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Atlanta. The College Football Hall of Fame finally is ready for its grand opening on Saturday following its move from South Bend, Ind. Fundraising issues forced several delays in the project, that had been scheduled to open in 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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College Football Hall of Fame CEO and president John Stephenson demonstrates an interactive display entitled "Why We Love College Football" at the College Football Hall of Fame, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Atlanta. The College Football Hall of Fame finally is ready for its grand opening on Saturday following its move from South Bend, Ind. Fundraising issues forced several delays in the project, that had been scheduled to open in 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
College Football Hall of Fame CEO and president John Stephenson demonstrates an interactive display entitled "Why We Love College Football" at the College Football Hall of Fame, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Atlanta. The College Football Hall of Fame finally is ready for its grand opening on Saturday following its move from South Bend, Ind. Fundraising issues forced several delays in the project, that had been scheduled to open in 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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The trombone carried onto the field by a Stanford band member before time expired in their game against California in 1982 is shown at the College Football Hall of Fame, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Atlanta. The College Football Hall of Fame finally is ready for its grand opening on Saturday following its move from South Bend, Ind. Fundraising issues forced several delays in the project, that had been scheduled to open in 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
The trombone carried onto the field by a Stanford band member before time expired in their game against California in 1982 is shown at the College Football Hall of Fame, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Atlanta. The College Football Hall of Fame finally is ready for its grand opening on Saturday following its move from South Bend, Ind. Fundraising issues forced several delays in the project, that had been scheduled to open in 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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ATLANTA (AP) — Visitors to the new College Football Hall of Fame will find 100-year-old artifacts have found a new home in the digital age.

When entering the three-story facility, fans will immediately face a giant wall of 768 helmets — one for every program at every level in the nation.

The new high-tech hall opens Saturday in downtown Atlanta, not far from the Georgia Dome, adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park and other attractions. It features an interactive experience that begins when the guest registers for a smart pass, selects a favorite school and then sees that school's helmet illuminated.

Computer chips in the ticket allow the guest to be recognized by name at every interactive exhibit. Displays are tailored to the fan's favorite school, though it's always possible to explore other schools.



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