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AP PHOTOS: College Football Hall of Fame gives die-hard fans a sneak peek during sleepover

  • Fan ambassador Justin Ikusebiala wheels a cart stocked with pillows and blankets belonging to a guest who just arrived to spend the night in the College Football Hall of Fame, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Atlanta. One hundred contest winners who wrote an essay detailing their love of college football were selected to stay with a guest overnight in Atlanta’s College Football Hall of Fame before its grand opening and win a year’s supply of Chick-fil-A. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Fan ambassador Justin Ikusebiala wheels a cart stocked with pillows and blankets belonging to a guest who just arrived to spend the night in the College Football Hall of Fame, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Atlanta. One hundred contest winners who wrote an essay detailing their love of college football were selected to stay with a guest overnight in Atlanta’s College Football Hall of Fame before its grand opening and win a year’s supply of Chick-fil-A. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

  • Helmets representing the 768 college football programs in the U.S. are displayed as fans arrive to spend the night in the College Football Hall of Fame, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Atlanta. The school associated with a fan's registration card will light up their team's helmet upon swiping the card at the entry to the museum. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Helmets representing the 768 college football programs in the U.S. are displayed as fans arrive to spend the night in the College Football Hall of Fame, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Atlanta. The school associated with a fan's registration card will light up their team's helmet upon swiping the card at the entry to the museum. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left, Danny Mason, Walker Tuten, Nick Toomey and Matt Filer, watch the movie "Rudy" during a sleepover in the College Football Hall of Fame, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Atlanta. The crowd fell asleep to the playing of college football themed movies such as "Rudy" and "We are Marshall" on the jumbotron.  (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    From left, Danny Mason, Walker Tuten, Nick Toomey and Matt Filer, watch the movie "Rudy" during a sleepover in the College Football Hall of Fame, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Atlanta. The crowd fell asleep to the playing of college football themed movies such as "Rudy" and "We are Marshall" on the jumbotron. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

One hundred contest winners who wrote essays detailing their love of college football were selected to stay with a guest overnight in Atlanta's College Football Hall of Fame before its grand opening and win a year's supply of Chick-fil-A. The 200 die-hards, who came from as far away as Hawaii, were among the first to see the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience before it opens to the public Aug. 23. After touring the exhibits, guest were served dinner on the museum's 45-yard indoor football field before pitching their tents on the turf and settling in for a night of college football-themed movies such as "Rudy" on the giant video screen. 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 downtown Atlanta.

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