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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)

ATLANTA (AP) — 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.

Steven Lyda, of Greer S.C., tours the College Football Hall of Fame with a tattoo of the Clemson Tiger’s paw decorating his arm, Wednesday, Aug. 13,
Steven Lyda, of Greer S.C., tours the College Football Hall of Fame with a tattoo of the Clemson Tiger's paw decorating his arm, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Atlanta. "College football is almost a religion in the South," said Lyda. "Ain't nothing like it." (AP Photo/David Goldman) (David Goldman/AP)
Five years ago, the National Football Foundation announced a deal to move it to downtown Atlanta.

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Names of inductees from 1992 are displayed as guests tour the College Football Hall of Fame, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Atlanta. Visitors can use touch
Names of inductees from 1992 are displayed as guests tour the College Football Hall of Fame, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Atlanta. Visitors can use touch screens to access individual profiles of more than 1,100 players and coaches that are enshrined in the Hall. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (David Goldman/AP)

Valerie Herriman, of Augusta, Ga., tours the College Football Hall of Fame before spending the night there as the sun sets against the downtown skyline in
Valerie Herriman, of Augusta, Ga., tours the College Football Hall of Fame before spending the night there as the sun sets against the downtown skyline in the background, 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) (David Goldman/AP)

Amy, left, and Louis Valenzuela, of Marietta, Ga., sit down to eat dinner on the turf as part of a sleepover in the College Football Hall of Fame,
Amy, left, and Louis Valenzuela, of Marietta, Ga., sit down to eat dinner on the turf as part of a sleepover in the College Football Hall of Fame, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Atlanta. "It's awesome," said Amy, an Alabama fan. "I think I already pulled my back but it's so much fun." (AP Photo/David Goldman) (David Goldman/AP)