June 13, 2013
Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
I've been to most of the museums in Ohio, but this one was never a field trip visit in school and my parents never took me there. The museum recently celebrated its $41-million expansion, which included a visit from Hall-of-Famer Joe Namath. Even if you're not one of those people who watch Monday Night Football religiously, you'll learn a thing or two about football during your visit. The museum is set up chronologically from the history of the game and early attire to video clip replays of the 2013 Superbowl. Throughout the museum you can learn lots of fun facts and test your own skills with the interactive displays. One display lets you watch a replay and decide if a call is good or not. Other displays show just how big-or small-some of the players are. You can also see jerseys, shoes and other apparel worn by well-known players and Hall of Famers at record-braking games. The Lamar Hunt Super Bowl Gallery includes a display of the 2014 Vince Lombardi trophy. It's impressive, to say the least. Be sure to see the photo gallery in the entrance area before or after you tour the museum. During our visit, my friend and I got to try on clothes from the movie "Leatherheads" and a worker there said they might make offer the chance to try on the outfits more often. I'd allow no less than 2 hours for your visit, in addition to 4-5 hours for driving. Take some extra money for a souvenir. The store has everything imaginable and then some-Chicago Bears hammer anyone?
Some fun facts:
Columbus had a team called the Columbus Panhandles from 1920-1926.
Tim Mara paid a paltry $500 for the New York Giants in 1925.
In the 1992 AFC wildcard playoff, the Buffalo Bills came back from a 32-point deficit to win the game.
The Super Bowl is the biggest party day of the year and least popular date for weddings.
The museum is a bit more than the $10 Cheap Thrills budget, but well worth it. (I did mention it back when they had a Groupon deal for $10 admission) Use your AAA card or look in coupon savings books for a discount coupon. To plan your visit, check out the website at http://www.profootballhof.com/default.aspx