Davis says 30,000 people visit the Hall every year.
Burchett couldn't say whether it's lost money for the county.
Burchett couldn't say or wouldn't say? Why would anyone in their right mind spend $3 mil to own a property that attracts only 30,000 a year (800 people a day) and costs $150,000 in yearly subsidies just to have the doors remain open? It costs $8 to get in. That is $240,000 a year. Sounds like a bad investment to me. Do they have a Chick-fil-a there?
Annual costs: $150k PLUS about $100k in interest. That's $250k a year, vs. $240k in revenue.
I always thought it was a bad idea, and now it seems more folks in Knoxville would agree.
F I have driven past Springfield 50 times and never stopped. It is a horribly ugly building on the west side of I-91.
Nope. I have/had no desire to pay to see old pictures of women in skirts shooting balls at a peach basket. Unlike baseball, football, men's basketball, and horse racing there is not enough history to the sport to make it worth going there.
So Speedo, I agree with you.
Actually, the history of women's basketball is just a couple of months shorter than men's basketball and, I think, far more interesting.
I've been to the WBHOF and I find it misses the heart of the history of the came -- the daily fight for the right to exist. The story the WBHOF tells is one of seamless, effortless growth. The real story is of a game with huge popularity (equal to the boys) viciously cut off by small-minded thinkers in positions of power. And the story from the mid-30's to 1978 (the last "senior" aau championship of any import) is one of stubborn women who couldn't NOT play and the visionary men who found a way to get them to play.
I understand the impulses that put it in Knoxville. I think they were earnest and misguided. It's too proper and the WHBOF induction ceremonies are from hunger.
Not sure where I'd have put the HOF. Perhaps if we moved to a rotating host for Final Four?