As baseball season draws to a close in the fall, most Americans set their sights on football season kicking off across the country. With both the NFL and college football already starting their season, travelers have the opportunity to experience American football beyond their couches. Across the country, there are a number of spots that pay tribute to the game. If you want to be a true fan, don’t miss out on touching down at these three football meccas in the United States.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Located in Canton, Ohio, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a good place to start for football fans looking to gain a little more info about the game. The sports museum and showplace features exhibits that tell the history of the game. It stands as a tribute to the men who have made professional football America’s most popular sport. Visitors can expect to see several exhibits within the Pro Football Hall of Fame including the Pro Football Today Gallery, home to artifacts from milestone moments of the previous football season, and the Super Bowl Theater — an exhibit highlighting every Super Bowl to date. Admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame costs $25 for adults.
College Football Hall of Fame
If you are more of a college football fan than an NFL fan, you will want to make your way to the College Football Hall of Fame. Set up in downtown Atlanta near Centennial Olympic Park, the space measures 94,256 square feet and includes 50,000 square feet of exhibit space. In addition, the College Football Hall of Fame even has a 45-yard indoor football field. The museum lends visitors a complete immersion into all things college football. You can call legendary plays in the Call the Play booth; visit The Quad, home to more than 700 college football team helmets; and of course head to the hall of fame itself, which encompasses the stories and accomplishments of some of the best college football players. Admission to the College Football Hall of Fame costs $21.99 for adults.
Wilson Football Factory
In the small town of Ada, Ohio, about halfway between Columbus and Toledo, you will find yet another American football attraction. The Wilson Football Factory boasts of being the world’s only dedicated football factory. Opened in 1955, every game ball in the Super Bowl has been made on these grounds. The Wilson Football Factory produces 4,000 footballs a day and over 700,000 footballs in a year. All production is done by hand. In order to visit the factory, you must arrange for a tour in advance.
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