College Football Hall of Fame Road Show Postseason Begins at MAC

Updated 11/24/1999
The College Football Hall of Fame's new, state-of-the-art, traveling exhibit kicks off its 1999 postseason travels Dec. 3, when it heads to Huntington, W.Va. to be on display at the 1999 Mid-American Conference Championship game.

The Road Show will be on display from 5 p.m. until the 8 p.m. EST kickoff of the title tilt between Marshall and Western Michigan. The RV will be located on the West side of the stadium near the press box elevators.

"It's certainly a great opportunity to have the College Football Hall of Fame's traveling exhibit at our football championship game. Being one of only three conferences to host a conference championship in football, it gives the Mid-American Conference an opportunity to treat fans to two spectacular events, MAC Commissioner Rick Chryst said. I would like to extend my thanks to Mr. Bernie Kish and his staff for helping make this exhibit possible."

The new RV, which was unveiled July 15 and houses the Hall's mobile museum, was donated to the Hall by Coachmen Industries of Elkhart, Ind. and Coachmen Recreational Vehicle Company of Middlebury, Ind. The 1999 Santara 360 Class A motorhome replaces a 10-year-old RV that had served as the traveling Hall since 1989.

The interior of the 38-foot vehicle features displays, artifacts and memorabilia from the Hall. The exterior of the RV reflects the same dynamic graphics of the museum itself.

We're very excited to have the new traveling Hall ready to go, Hall of Fame Executive Director Bernie Kish said. This vehicle is awesome, both from a design and technical standpoint. It's a splendid representation of this superb sports museum.

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. The evolution of equipment is explained with a mural to enhance the exhibit. Further back on the right side, the 'Pantheon-Past and Present' showcases current 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 from current Hall of Famers.