Attendance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame fell nearly 40 percent in June compared with the same month a year ago.
The college football hall of fame wooed the City of South Bend to build a $13 Building with funds from Muni Bonds. Operations funds continued to be supplemented to the tune of Mid Six-digits from the city tax funds, annually.. Now they got a sweeter deal from City of Atlanta and are bolting. More power to em. good riddance. However, they keep exercising extenstions to the lease here as the Atlanta deal isnt completed.
By the way, the city has this building now for sale, for less than $2M. Crazy
My point is: Should these Halls of Fame be supported by tax dollars? The arguement is that money from outside hte area floods back in to the tax base as visitor spend at hotels and motels which typically carry a local option tax in the rate, and indirectly with all the other money the visitors spend on food and other things.
Charlotte officials must be in the midst of rethinking their decisions, much as South Bend learned the hard way. If you build it, they don't come (with $4.00 a gallon gas). These HOF facilities are not a "destination" for a vacation but something to maybe catch along the way if you have a rainy afternoon.