College Football Hall of Fame Road Show Shuffles Off to Buffalo

Updated 10/18/2000
The College Football Hall of Fame "Road Show" ends a four-weekend swing Saturday when it travels to the Ball State-Buffalo showdown in Amherst, N.Y. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. EDT.

The "Road Show" will be on display from 11:30 a.m. until the conclusion of halftime next to the South Bleachers that are closest to Millersport Highway by the South Ticket Booth entrance. Admission to the "Road Show" is free to the public.

Unveiled in July of 1999, the "Road Show" is the Hall’s state-of-the-art recreational vehicle that serves as a traveling museum. Coachmen Industries of Elkhart, Ind., and Coachmen Recreational Vehicle Company of Middlebury, Ind. donated the new RV to the Hall. The 1999 Santara 360 Class A motorhome replaces a 10-year-old RV that had served as the traveling Hall since 1989.

The Hall of Fame and National Football Foundation utilizes the traveling Hall as a marketing tool to build awareness of the College Football Hall of Fame throughout the country. The interior of the 38-foot vehicle, which was designed and fabricated by Omnicraft International of South Bend, features displays, artifacts and memorabilia from the Hall, while the exterior reflects the same dynamic qualities of the museum itself.

Upon entering the Road Show, visitors will immediately see a display opposite the entrance that is a three-dimensional montage of images and artifacts representing the permanent exhibits at the Hall of Fame, including a continuously playing video tour of the Hall. This display will be housed within the slide-out section of the RV, consisting of a large ink-jet mural background and memorabilia including a band uniform, helmets, autographed balls, a cheerleader’s uniform, trophies, significant game program covers and other football-related books, including a coach’s playbook. Completing the left side of the vehicle is an interactive kiosk entitled "Great Moments" that plays bloopers, great upsets, legendary games and memorable plays.

The right side of the RV displays the "Evolution of Equipment", where guests can view such items as pads, helmets and shoes from the early 1900s to present. Further back on the right side, the "Pantheon-Past and Present" showcases individual award winners and the jerseys of several college football greats. Each of the 10 awards and trophies given annually to college football standouts are highlighted with a photograph and explanation. The Pantheon also features a mini-theater with touch-screen display.

At the back of the unit, replica sculpture plaques of select Hall of Famers adorn the area while a videosphere offers a kaleidoscope view of highlights of the past year’s enshrinees.

The Road Show is scheduled for nine regular-season football games in 2000. The season started Aug. 27 with the Kickoff Classic between Penn State and Southern California. Other games on schedule include UTEP at Oklahoma (Sept. 2), Pittsburgh at Bowling Green (Sept. 9), Kentucky at Ole Miss

(Sept. 30), Kansas State at Kansas (Oct. 7), Ball St. at Buffalo (Oct. 21), Appalachian St. at Western Carolina (Nov. 11) and Lehigh at Lafayette (Nov. 18).