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The football exhibit at the Liberty Science Center was a very visual, interactive experience. After four flights of stairs, I reached the football floor. We saw lots of former football players’ equipment, pads, and signed/painted footballs.
In a corner there was a closed replay booth, where you could judge a play, and see if you were properly equipped to judge a real play and become an actual referee. You could watch the play from different angles, and had one minute to make your call. I could not make the correct call without the help of my mom.
There were many touch-screens that allowed you to see highlights of endings of games. There was a whole section devoted to the evolution of the football gear, pads, and football. It was interesting to see the uniforms from the early 1930s, in comparison to the 2013 version of things.
As we explored, took pictures, tried on pads, I discovered Sports Science interactive zone, where you could pick a player and watch a Sports Science testing a special ability of that picked player. Now I know that Jason Pierre-Paul can sack a player in less then three seconds, and Calvin Johnson can catch two footballs at once. Fancy that.
The other side was completely interactive. There was a virtual field goal, and you can test your throwing arm. In all I would definitely recommend this for kids 8 to 14, and I might even want to come back.