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Flowery Branch woman chosen for sneak preview of new College Football Hall of Fame

By Ken Stanford Reporter
ATLANTA - The countdown has started. The team has been selected. And today, nearly 50 metro Atlanta residents, including one from Flowery Branch, are among 100 fans of Chick-fil-A and college football who will camp overnight inside the new College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience.<br /> <br /> They will be getting a sneak preview of the shrine to college football players and fans, and getting a year of free Chick-fil-A food, as well, as the chain opens its newest restaurant directly next door to the hall of fame building.<br /> <br /> The Flowery Branch resident included in the group is Mary Bowman, a Georgia Tech fan. <br /> <br /> After 10 years and more than $21.5 million in free food given away, Chick-fil-A's "First 100" celebration continues to be the chain's signature grand opening event, but for the opening at 246 Marietta Street in downtown Atlanta, participants have literally won their way onto the Hall's indoor 45-yard football field.<br /> <br /> Chick-fil-A, a founding sponsor of the Hall, will open its newest restaurant as part of the complex and will celebrate by hosting a 12-hour countdown to the Thursday opening. In July, a contest was held inviting college football fans from around the country to write a 250-word essay detailing their love of college football for the chance to stay overnight in the Hall and win the year's supply of Chick-fil-A. From the entries, 100 were chosen with participants coming from across the country with one University of Hawaii fan even coming from Honolulu to camp out.<br /> <br /> Almost 50 metro-Atlanta residents, cheering teams ranging from the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech to Brigham Young University and Wisconsin will be among those camping out. Each will arrive Aug. 13 and is allowed to bring one guest. The crowd of 200 will set up tents and be among the first to experience the interactive College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience before it opens on Aug. 23. The night will also include football- and Chick-fil-A-themed entertainment, presentations by other founding Hall sponsors and of course plenty of Chick-fil-A.
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