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College Football Hall of Fame opening Aug. 23

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA -- The new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta will open on Aug. 23.<br /> <br /> The date was announced Thursday.<br /> <br /> The opening of the 94,000-square-foot facility was timed to coincide with two games at the Georgia Dome to begin the college football season: Mississippi vs. Boise State on Aug. 28, followed two days later by Alabama vs. West Virginia.<br /> <br /> The hall was previously located in South Bend, Indiana, but was plagued by poor attendance. Five years ago, the National Football Foundation announced a deal to move it to Atlanta, on a site near the Georgia Dome and overlooking Centennial Olympic Park.<br /> <br /> Also Thursday, the foundation announced a lead sponsor for the facility, which will be known officially as the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience.
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