Guest Author: Roy W. Smolens, Jr., science writer, Arizona SciTech
Are you ready to jump into the game? In case you missed it, the 2015 Super Bowl will be played at the University of Phoenix stadium. The Arizona Science Center is hosting the most extensive exhibition ever built about America’s most popular sport, “Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.” This exhibit tells a remarkable story of the game – how it has evolved and how it has found a place in the conscience of the nation. This groundbreaking exhibition will be held daily, 10:00am-5:00pm, from January through May, 2015.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame, as part of its 50th Anniversary celebration, is currently touring the largest traveling football exhibition. Featuring NFL Films video footage and a series of interactive displays, Gridiron Glory tackles the science behind the game. With over 200 of the rarest artifacts from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including legendary gear, photos, and documents chronicling the cultural phenomenon that is football today. The exhibit captures the essence of the Hall of Fame experience.
Many of the artifacts are being exhibited for the first time. This interactive multimedia experience also includes new material from NFL Films, immersive fan experiences and a specially-designed “Hometown Tribute” section to spotlight the local team. “We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to extend the experience of the Hall of Fame beyond our walls in Canton,” said Joe Horrigan, vice president-communications/exhibits at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
This window into time, charts the history of the game, artifacts including a 100-year-old leather helmet, early versions of the football, a Tiffany’s-crafted Vince Lombardi Trophy, game balls and jerseys. One exhibit focuses on technological breakthroughs, including ones that failed, while another examines the broader cultural implications of the game, such as efforts to integrate African-Americans into the previously all-white league.
Whether you’re a child or an adult, male or female, there’s a lot here to learn about the history and science of football.
*Daily from 10:00am-5:00pm from January through May, 2015 Info: azscience.org Tel.: (602) 716-2000