Talks to move the College Football Hall of Fame out of South Bend have been revived.
Leaders of the National Football Foundation say the Hall of Fame has made great progress over the last several months to relocate the Hall to Atlanta, and the scheduled opening date for the new facility in Georgia’s capital is now set for the fourth quarter of 2014.
The Hall’s lease in South Bend is up at the end of 2012.
The original date for the NFF to move the Hall to Atlanta was in September 2013 but was delayed. The NFF says the Hall of Fame’s new management team has secured several new sponsors, allowing the relocation plans to resume.
“We are thrilled to bring the College Football Hall of Fame to Atlanta,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “We know that Atlanta and the southeast have passionate college football fans and alumni groups from schools from throughout the country, and locating the Hall near so many other Atlanta attractions will make it viable and easily accessible for college football fans.”
The move, though, will leave a void for downtown South Bend and fans from all over the country who travel to Michiana for Notre Dame football games.
In 2009, the National Football Foundation voted to move the College Football Hall of Fame out of South Bend.
The NFF has granted a 30-year license to the Atlanta Hall Management to build and operate the Hall.
The Hall’s current building was constructed in 1995. Before moving to its current location, the Hall was located next to Kings Island in Kings Mills, Ohio.