College Football Hall of Fame coming to Atlanta

Updated at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday:

More confirmation that the College Football Hall of Fame is headed to Atlanta comes from the South Bend, Ind., Tribune this morning.

Reports the newspaper:

Mark Dobson, president and chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County, citing an unnamed source, confirmed late Tuesday that the National Football Foundation plans to move the Hall to downtown Atlanta. A news conference is reportedly scheduled for Thursday in the Southern capital.

“I’m only able to (confirm) it through a secondhand source,” Dobson said, “… but it does appear to be solid information.”

Dobson said he has not yet spoken to South Bend Mayor Stephen Luecke, but that officials with the National Football Foundation were in town Tuesday, presumably to break the news to local officials.

Original post:

My AJC colleague James Salzer just got a tip that officials with the College Football Hall of Fame will announce Thursday that the hall is moving from South Bend, Ind., home of the University of Notre Dame, to Atlanta.

The tip must be judged as fairly solid: It came from a state official invited to the press conference.

Prior to its residence in South Bend, the hall of fame was located in Cincinnati. But apparently, foot traffic was lacking in Indiana.

Real estate hawk Tony Wilbert says the Cathy family is expected to donate the land for the site — which makes sense, given the rising stature of the Chick-fil-a Bowl. Wilbert also reminds us of this background piece he recently wrote:

Business executives and local officials are believed to be working to secure the InterPark lot at Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Harris Street as a potential site should College Football Hall of Fame executives decide to move it to Atlanta.

InterPark, a subsidiary of GE Capital Real Estate, owns the lot next to the American Cancer Society Center. The lot stretches from Centennial Olympic Park Drive to Williams Street. It is directly across the street from the park.

If the college hall relocates to the site, it would fortify the Centennial Olympic Park area as a center of tourist attractions. The InterPark lot is proximate to the Children’s Museum, World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium. The National Health Museum also has said it would consider sites adjacent to the Olympic Park.

Dallas was apparently among the competitors. This from the Dallas Morning News in April:

A group of area political and civic leaders, as well as football legends such as Roger Staubach and Deion Sanders, are pursuing relocating the College Football Hall of Fame from South Bend, Ind., to downtown Dallas, they announced today.

The group, which includes Mayor Tom Leppert and billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens, says it’s willing to pay for the entire cost of relocating, building and launching the facility, which would be slated for construction next to a planned Dallas Convention Center hotel at Young, Market and Lamar streets.

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98 comments Add your comment

CJJScout

September 22nd, 2009
4:02 pm

That is awesome. Put it in a place where folks might actually want to travel and have the accessibility to do so.

jamesr1991

September 22nd, 2009
4:06 pm

Great news for all college football fans.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 22nd, 2009
4:08 pm

Atlanta’s the Center of the Universe so it makes sense.

DML

September 22nd, 2009
4:09 pm

I am “certain” that the folks in South Bend will have very little to say about this.

RealDawg

September 22nd, 2009
4:09 pm

Finally a win after losing NASCAR. Atlanta actually makes sense. It should be here or Dallas. No where else. Halls of Fame should be in locations that people actually go.

Dawg stuck in Bham

September 22nd, 2009
4:09 pm

From one town with an overrated football team to another town with an overrated football team…

joe joe

September 22nd, 2009
4:10 pm

Great news for Atlanta!!
Now if they can just move the SEC offices here to Atlanta.

Flash

September 22nd, 2009
4:10 pm

Wow, that’s huge. Way to go whoever got that done.

Ryan

September 22nd, 2009
4:10 pm

I guess South Bend wasn’t big enough to host the soon-to-be-built Tebow wing of the building.

Lee

September 22nd, 2009
4:11 pm

Awesome ! I assume that the hall would do much better business here in the Metro area.

Base

September 22nd, 2009
4:14 pm

Great all we need is another museum to drain our tax resources. Is this going to called the Sonny Hall Of fame.

Omar

September 22nd, 2009
4:15 pm

That’s great news for the SEC

jellyton D

September 22nd, 2009
4:16 pm

i’ll be they will put it next to the Aquarium, to increase the muggification and car-jackification potential of the area. Plus, you know, most of the visitors will end up being white folks, who can be picked off pretty easy, satisfying the basic tenets of the Black Agenda. They are fools.

Good news but...

September 22nd, 2009
4:16 pm

Where would they put it….next to the Dome? As long as it’s no longer in Notre Dame country, I’m happy.

Madmatt

September 22nd, 2009
4:16 pm

Another great win for Atlanta! Atlanta is the center of the college football universe!

Wilbert News Strategies

September 22nd, 2009
4:17 pm

JMc12203

September 22nd, 2009
4:19 pm

Maybe we need to wait for an official announcemant before we get too excited, considering the reliability of recent AJC breaking news updates.

Chris

September 22nd, 2009
4:19 pm

The College Football HOF belongs in the South. No one loves their college football more. Let’s just not turn this into buttsmear II.

GT Brill

September 22nd, 2009
4:21 pm

I hope it’s true, that would be great news.

DawgFan34

September 22nd, 2009
4:22 pm

Great news for Atlanta! This is MUCH better than the Trashcar HOF. I’m glad Atlanta lost out on that waste of building materials! Ukulele Hall of Fame > Trashcar Hall of Fame- what a joke!!!

Anson Roberts

September 22nd, 2009
4:22 pm

Two thoughts:
1. “Oh, goody! Another tourist venue for the hookers, drug dealers and muggers to ply their trade!”

2, “Another large piece of commercial property taken off the tax rolls.”

JMc12203

September 22nd, 2009
4:22 pm

Considering the AJC has cut their coverage to 5 pages on Sunday, I wonder why it is coming to Atlanta. It is apparent by the lack of coverage that Atlantans could care less about college football. (LOL)

EMMA

September 22nd, 2009
4:24 pm

Way to go!!!!! I love this city (sometimes) LOLOLOL Just about everything is here. To jellyton: I’m black and I love college sports and so do my collegues and in Atlanta, I doubt if most of the visitors will be white

Iceman

September 22nd, 2009
4:26 pm

The south is the king of college football. Atlanta is the capital city of the south.

Makes sense to me.

esa

September 22nd, 2009
4:27 pm

There’s a college football hall of fame? Who knew?

Sara

September 22nd, 2009
4:27 pm

Now if only we can get the Studebaker museum…

NecUga

September 22nd, 2009
4:28 pm

jellyton D, please stay outside the perimeter and spend your time in traffic, going to ugly strip malls and playing tennis in your bland, homogeneous subdivisions and complaining. Those of us who want to move forward will do so without you.

Wreck

September 22nd, 2009
4:32 pm

Ha. From the center of the Big 10 universe to the epicenter of ACC and SEC SOUTHERN football. Take that Yankees!

DunwoodyHeel

September 22nd, 2009
4:32 pm

Jellyton, you personify class and dignity. And speaking for Dunwoody, we don’t want his type around our area. He can go back to Carrollton or wherever.

Bama fan in Tn

September 22nd, 2009
4:35 pm

Bring It to Nashville at least it wont get flooded out..

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Irishman

September 22nd, 2009
4:41 pm

You can have it. It was the most out-dated and boring football-related venue I have ever visited. The only thing worth the admission price was seeing the vintage uniforms. It’s just not worth visiting.

jim

September 22nd, 2009
4:43 pm

Let’s just wait and see what happens. This has been rumored before from Texas as well as other spots. South Bend has put alot into it and will probably put up a fight, but they have a lease for the present location until 2012 or 2013, at least. Also, the only thing that happens at the hall of fame location is the induction, with everything else involved taking placde in New York City, which deflates the real impact of the hall in the first place.

Tony Flack

September 22nd, 2009
4:47 pm

This is a great win for the city of Atlanta and the state in general. Nobody knows and will actually support college football like the south. And just to give it a little local “flavor” why don’t we paint it Red and Black in honor of the real D-I football team here in GA.

The Ghost Of John Q. Public

September 22nd, 2009
4:48 pm

YIPEEE! More traffic jams, more panhandlers, more hookers, more ‘playas’, more thugs, more parking headaches, and yet one more mass of humanity that will attempt to use the poorly designed Williams St. exit off of the downtown dis-connector.

You gotta hand it to Atlanta, no planning, more traffic, more crime.

Our Capital City at its best.

Tony Flack

September 22nd, 2009
4:49 pm

I didn’t know hookers liked football! And you say it like its a bad thing…

AJCannon

September 22nd, 2009
4:52 pm

This is fantastical news! It’ll be in easy walking distance when I get kicked out of the aquarium for handing out tartar sauce packets!

get the picture

September 22nd, 2009
4:59 pm

Let’s just hope they improve the product. The HOF in South Bend is AWFUL and does nothing to promote or honor the history of a great sport with great history. If you’ve never been to the HOF in South Bend, you didn’t miss anything. I’m hoping Atlanta, in conjunction with Chick-fil-A, the NCAA, and all the conferences can fund this facility and make it a showcase to college football!!

Tim Thomas

September 22nd, 2009
4:59 pm

Great! With the crime rate and the lack of police officers in Atlanta, it will be like shooting fish in a bucket. Atlanta should focus on locking up these killers first before inviting more victims for the criminals to prey on.

Braves #17 fan

September 22nd, 2009
5:03 pm

Maybe it was attitudes similar to Irishman’s that forced the move out of South Bend.

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GA Tech Insider

September 22nd, 2009
5:09 pm

With John Heisman coaching here in our fair city, and having his name associated with the Trophy which is awarded to the National Collegiate Player of the Year (you all know what I mean), and Bobby Dodd also coaching here in our fair city, and having his name associated with the Trophy which is awarded to the National Collegiate Coach of the Year, it seems fitting that the College Football Hall of Fame would be coming to Atlanta.

Braves #17 fan

September 22nd, 2009
5:18 pm

Tim Thomas – You don’t make sense. Is “Atlanta” just one person or a single small group of people?

jellyton D – You really sound like a lonely fool who has a comfort zone smaller than a toilet.

Andrew

September 22nd, 2009
5:20 pm

NO!!! That’s my go-to cheap parking lot!

ATL Scouser

September 22nd, 2009
5:23 pm

This is absolutely fantastic and will be great for Atlanta! It also makes logical sense given that Atlanta sits at the crossroads of the SEC and ACC, hosts an array of college athletic tournaments including the Final Four, and serves as the hub of the South–where college football is a religion.

On a side note, I find it amazing that some folks on here are b*tching and complaining. It must suck being miserable all of the time.

DJSergio

September 22nd, 2009
5:27 pm

I grew up in South Bend and live in Atl now. I distinctly remember when the Hall of Fame came to rest there. It was heavily debated because a large faction of the people there believed it was a money pit that had a history of being poorly operated. It sounds nice on paper to have the Hall of Fame near a college football icon like Notre Dame, but I assure you, the people of South Bend won’t shed many tears if it leaves. I expect it will do better in Atlanta because of the heavy tourist traffic, but most people would say, ‘good riddance’. I’ve been there too and it is frankly pretty lame. But, good luck.

maximus

September 22nd, 2009
5:33 pm

WHY ?
who the hell wants to go all the way to Atlanta to see it?
why not somewhere like Indianapolis? a NICE city.

UGASlobberknocker

September 22nd, 2009
6:14 pm

Hey NecUGA..Just because Jellyton D is a racist babbling idiot is no reason to throw us suburbanites under the bus..I go downtown all the time, feel perfectly safe; but would rather live in Roswell. It’s cheaper than most of the nicer areas of Atlanta, and i work in Roswell. Does that make me bland ? My neighborhood is not bland at all, but very nice. The tennis court in the neighborhood is empty most of the time. I have neighbors who are black, Indian, hispanic, and oh, white. Some are bland and boring, but most are pretty darn interesting.

So, necuga, you beat up on jellyton when you are doing the same exact thing he is, Unfairly criticizing that of which you know nothing.

I just wish this blog had ” intelligence check” to go with spell check…maybe some of these idiotic assinine comments would be filtered out.

UGASlobberknocker

September 22nd, 2009
6:22 pm

Indianapolis????I have been to Indianapolis. It is a nice little city, but one that no one really has the need to go to except maybe for the Indy 500. I believe the aim of the HOF is to put the facility in a city that actually has more than just locals or the occasional lost traveler dropping in.

blazerdawg

September 22nd, 2009
6:27 pm

Awesome! Now if we can just get the Peach/Chick-fil-a Bowl into the National Championship (sic) rotation.