Updated at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday:
More confirmation that the College Football Hall of Fame is headed to Atlanta comes from the South Bend, Ind., Tribune this morning.
Reports the newspaper:
Mark Dobson, president and chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County, citing an unnamed source, confirmed late Tuesday that the National Football Foundation plans to move the Hall to downtown Atlanta. A news conference is reportedly scheduled for Thursday in the Southern capital.
“I’m only able to (confirm) it through a secondhand source,” Dobson said, “… but it does appear to be solid information.”
Dobson said he has not yet spoken to South Bend Mayor Stephen Luecke, but that officials with the National Football Foundation were in town Tuesday, presumably to break the news to local officials.
My AJC colleague James Salzer just got a tip that officials with the College Football Hall of Fame will announce Thursday that the hall is moving from South Bend, Ind., home of the University of Notre Dame, to Atlanta.
The tip must be judged as fairly solid: It came from a state official invited to the press conference.
Prior to its residence in South Bend, the hall of fame was located in Cincinnati. But apparently, foot traffic was lacking in Indiana.
Real estate hawk Tony Wilbert says the Cathy family is expected to donate the land for the site — which makes sense, given the rising stature of the Chick-fil-a Bowl. Wilbert also reminds us of this background piece he recently wrote:
Business executives and local officials are believed to be working to secure the InterPark lot at Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Harris Street as a potential site should College Football Hall of Fame executives decide to move it to Atlanta.
InterPark, a subsidiary of GE Capital Real Estate, owns the lot next to the American Cancer Society Center. The lot stretches from Centennial Olympic Park Drive to Williams Street. It is directly across the street from the park.
If the college hall relocates to the site, it would fortify the Centennial Olympic Park area as a center of tourist attractions. The InterPark lot is proximate to the Children’s Museum, World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium. The National Health Museum also has said it would consider sites adjacent to the Olympic Park.
Dallas was apparently among the competitors. This from the Dallas Morning News in April:
A group of area political and civic leaders, as well as football legends such as Roger Staubach and Deion Sanders, are pursuing relocating the College Football Hall of Fame from South Bend, Ind., to downtown Dallas, they announced today.
The group, which includes Mayor Tom Leppert and billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens, says it’s willing to pay for the entire cost of relocating, building and launching the facility, which would be slated for construction next to a planned Dallas Convention Center hotel at Young, Market and Lamar streets.
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