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- Sep 1, 1997
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http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4497123SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The College Football Hall of Fame, which never managed to attract the number of visitors its organizers hoped for after moving it to South Bend in 1995, is being moved to Atlanta to bring it more exposure, organizers told the city.
The National Football Foundation notified the city of South Bend in a letter Tuesday that it is terminating its agreement with the city when its current lease ends on Dec. 31, 2010.
"We take this action not because of any failure on your part, but because we have an opportunity to take the exposure of the Hall of Fame to an entirely new level," wrote Archie Manning, chairman of the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame.
As some here know, I'm a die hard Irish fan, so having the HoF leave South Bend is a disappointment to me on a personal level. I enjoyed my visit there, and will make another trip next year before it moves.
I certainly do believe the HoF when they say this will give the organization/Hall a place to truly expand and grow. I would imagine they will see quite an increase in traffic via this move, just due to the sure accessibility of the new location. But at the same time, it just doesn't feel right. Atlanta? Love or hate Notre Dame, few places meant as much to college football's growth as that location. If there was going to be a move from South Bend I could think of 50 other more appropriate college football cities where the HoF could be located.
In the end of course none of this matters, but really, Atlanta?