ATLANTA, June 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame & Chick-fil-A Fan Experience are honored to announce that starting today, all active duty and retired service men and women will receive free admission to the Hall, year-round*.
"General Douglas MacArthur was one of the early leaders of the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame, helping to launch the organization in the 1950s. Through his legacy, the organization has long strived to recognize and uphold the values demonstrated by the members of our armed forces. Offering free admission to the Hall, in Atlanta, is the least we can do to honor their sacrifice," said Steve Hatchell, president and CEO of the National Football Foundation.
The College Football Hall of Fame is honored to have recognized many members from the service academies over the years, with 48 combined inductees from the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy and the United States Air Force Academy.
"The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience, located in downtown Atlanta, combines the pageantry and timeless traditions of the game with state-of-the-art interactive experiences paying tribute to the game's greatest fans, players and coaches. We couldn't be more honored to welcome those who have served our country to experience the Hall," said Dennis Adamovich, CEO of the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience.
*Free admission for active duty and retired service men and women requires a valid military ID.
About the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience
The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is a 94,256-square-foot attraction located in the heart of Atlanta's sports, entertainment and tourism district. Adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park, the Hall provides visitors with a highly immersive, interactive and engaging experience using a blend of historic college football artifacts and state-of-the-art, interactive multimedia exhibits. The National Football Foundation (NFF) launched the Hall in 1951 to stand as one of the nation's premier sports shrines, immortalizing the game's greatest players and coaches as positive role models for future generations. Atlanta Hall Management, Inc., partnered with the NFF to construct and operate the Hall of Fame attraction, which provides a platform for community outreach, education and character development initiatives, as well as serves as one of Atlanta's premier special event spaces. For more information, please visit www.cfbhall.com.
About the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include FootballMatters.org, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour and VICIS. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.
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