Pop Quiz: Can you name the first Heisman Award winner? Want to see the evolution of college football up close? Head on up to South Bend, Indiana and visit the College Football Hall of Fame. If you’re a college football junkie, or if you’re just looking for a fun day trip from Indianapolis, come see the endless football memorabilia, plaques, videos, hands-on activities and more.
Between the Indianapolis Colts, the Indiana Fever, the Indianapolis Indians, and the Indiana Pacers, Indy residents still can’t get enough sports action. The Indianapolis sports scene is huge, especially college basketball at Butler University, IUPUI and University of Indianapolis. But there is no major college football team in the Circle City. That’s why a day trip to the College Football Hall of Fame might be the perfect adventure.
The College Football Hall of Fame is a state-of-the-art facility featuring a nineteen thousand square foot outdoor plaza that serves as a venue for large events. Visitors to the museum are encouraged to begin the tour in the stadium, where a 14-minute feature video sets the mood for a college football extravaganza. The museum’s upper level press box is also available for booking private events, and it features an art gallery of works depicting all Heisman Trophy winners. Hoosiers travel from near and far to take a peak at college football history, or to throw wedding receptions, family reunions an dother large events.
The College Football Hall of Fame experience isn’t complete without a round on the practice field, where guests can test skills on passing, kicking and blocking. Classic football moments are displayed at video kiosks throughout the lower level of the museum. There’s a restaurant and gift shop in the building too, so it’s easy to spend an entire day with family and friends at the College Football Hall of Fame.
If you still need a sports history fix after visiting the College Football Hall of Fame, hit up the four other sports halls of fame in the Hoosier State. There’s the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle,the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum in Indianapolis, the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in Richmond and the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in Jasper.
Oh, if you’re still stumped by the pop quiz, the first ever Heisman Award was given in 1935 to University of Chicago halfback Jay Berwanger. Come learn about more football greats, like Jim Thorpe, Knute Rockne, John Heisman and many more.
College Football Hall of Fame
111 South Saint Joseph Street
South Bend, Indiana 46601