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College Football Hall of Fame opens in downtown Atlanta

ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The College Football Hall of Fame opened Saturday. The 94,000-square-foot facility is on Marietta Street in downtown Atlanta. The NCAA said the facility was relocated from South Bend, IN.

The grand opening featured festivities and a tour of the building. The people who attended enjoyed children's games, a visit from the ESPN College GameDay bus and kids' football. The building features various exhibits and a theatre. There is a display of more than 700 college team helmets.

There is a 45-yard replica football field where fans can practice their skills.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and members of the College Football Hall of Fame were on hand for the countdown to the grand opening.

The NCAA said the project cost more than $65 million, mostly private funds. The National Football Foundation said it has an agreement with the city of Atlanta to host the attraction for 30 years.

The city of Atlanta said the project should attract more than 500,000 tourists each year.

The NCAA said the hall is expected to have a significant economic impact on downtown Atlanta, with a projected $11.8 million in taxable sales from tickets, retail and events.

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