IRVING, Texas — The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced Thursday, Jan. 24, that the College Football Hall of Fame attracted near record attendance its final two days of operations in South Bend, raising $16,599 for the five local high school football programs.
Attendance for the Dec. 29-30 weekend approached 4,000 visitors. With $2 admission prices and a two-for-one sale on gift shop merchandise, the receipts for the weekend totaled $16,599. The NFF and the College Football Hall of Fame had previously announced that all proceeds from the final two days of operation would be equally donated to the football programs at the five South Bend city high schools (Adams, Clay, Riley, Saint Joseph and Washington).
The South Bend facility’s final day of operation was Dec. 30. The museum will reopen in Atlanta in September 2014.