Jack Tyson, VP of Sales and Marketing of Stark RFID, and Casey Cote, CEO of Omnience

Note to meeting planners, football fans, and technology freaks: For a “Wow!” experience, put Atlanta’s new College Football Hall of Fame on your must-visit list.

The football-shaped building doesn’t open until this weekend, but I had the good fortune to get a preview tour this week.

Let me give you a glimpse of the fun in store for you—and hopefully, your family and clients, too.  After getting my RFID-chip-enabled entry credential, game day started!  I walked through the simulated tunnel into what the Hall of Fame’s president calls “a big, crazy football playground. “

The crowd cheered my arrival!  When I got to the 40-by-65-foot wall of 700 helmets, my favorite team’s helmet lit up. That’s just the first of many occasions where the venue “knows” you, thanks to huge amounts of RFID technology supplied by Omnience’s partner, Stark RFID.

A mammoth video wall displayed clips of my team’s game-day action. I got my face “painted” (virtually). I tested my passing skills on the 45-yard indoor field. I was the play-by-play guy in a game-deciding moment.  I learned about my school’s Hall of Famers. I watched exciting action on auditorium’s panoramic screen.

At the karaoke station, my rendition of my school’s fight song was preserved for posterity. I’ll save you the pain of hearing that—but you gotta see this:  Here’s yours truly, predicting the outcome of the big game with two famous broadcasters!

From the entry tunnel to the exit, technology puts you in the middle of college football’s action, passion and traditions.  And best of all, you can take much of the experience with you—via your personal post-game online portal!

Two key takeaways for event planners and sponsors:

  1. The College Football Hall of Fame vividly demonstrates how imaginative integration of technologies, especially RFID, can turbo-charge the attendee experience.
  2. Looking for the ultimate in unique venues?  The Hall of Fame has 50,000 square feet of space available for private events!

Read more about this unique facility:

Bleacher Report:Behind the Scenes of the New College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta

RFID Journal: College Football Hall of Fame to Kick Off With RFID

Fox Sports: College Football Hall of Fame must-see marriage of technology, game’s past

AJC: College football shrine ‘not your grandfather’s Hall of Fame’

CBS Sports: Inside the College Football Hall of Fame playground in Atlanta


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