College football Hall of Fame moving to Atlanta

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday Sept. 23, 2009

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- The mayor of South Bend, Ind., says the College Football Hall of Fame is moving from his city to Atlanta.

Mayor Stephen Luecke said Wednesday that officials with the National Football Foundation, which runs the hall, told him Tuesday the hall was terminating its agreement with the city.

Luecke says South Bend's agreement with the hall runs through 2010, but that he would consider closing the hall before then. Officials with the Hall of Fame and its operator did not immediately respond to repeated phone messages seeking comment.

The hall opened in South Bend in 1995 to take advantage of its proximity to Notre Dame. Supporters predicted it would attract more than 150,000 visitors a year, but it drew about 115,000 people the first year and about 60,000 annually after that.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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