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Replacement ideas for the College Football Hall of Fame


While we're counting down the days to the New Year, the College Football Hall of Fame is counting down the days until they close.
The Hall of Fame will be open through the weekend then it's lights out.
A replacement for the hall is anyone's guess at this point, but the city is excited about some of the options out there.
Today we asked some Hall of Fame visitors what they'd like to see move in when the hall moves out.

"Probably one of the things that would be really great might be like an outdoor concert type pavilion," said visitor Victor Vukorpa.
Dave Kirsits said,"I think a sports bar would be good."
"Maybe a Notre Dame Museum or something," said Zak Specter. "I'd assume that would be a big draw."

A big name restaurant ... a casino... a different museum?
The options are endless.
With the College Football Hall of Fame closing in the next few days, almost everyone in Michiana has some sort of idea of what they'd like to see put in it's place.
With the museum officially closing Sunday, the city is already planning what to do next.

"There are certainly some people at the table that have presented some ideas and some neat things that hopefully we'll be able to hear from the city soon what those are and maybe get somebody in here sooner or later," said Downtown South Bend's Executive Director Aaron Perri.

But even with interested suitors for the building the problem for the city has become when someone will take over.

Perri said, "We'll expect to see it go dark for a while while some of these businesses, individuals, and organizations get their plans together and can find a minimal solution to move in here."

Before The Hall of Fame goes dark, its offering people one last chance to see the museum for the discounted rate of just two bucks.

Vukorpa said, "I heard the other day it was closing down and we happened to be in South Bend. We came to take a look and it was excellent."

Talk of the Hall leaving South Bend has been going on for years.
Now that it's officially the last weekend.
Many say they're sad as they take one final look.

Kirsits said, "I've always loved it here and it's always been a highlight of my life here so having it go hurts pretty bad, but I don't know it is what it is."

"We're certainly disappointed to see the National College Football Hall of Fame leave downtown South Bend," said Aaron Perri "It was a real attraction for visitors through the years and something special that we could say we had downtown."


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