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NASCAR Hall of Fame bust or success?

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10:06 AM ET 12.26 | City tourism boosters say the NASCAR Hall of Fame is a success despite its struggles to meet attendance projections in its first year. Although hall officials say it could lose up to $1.3 million in its first year, boosters say it's fulfilling its mission: attracting visitors and putting "heads in beds," a common phrase in the hospitality business. The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, which manages the city-owned hall, points to an uptick in hotel/motel occupancy rates that coincides with the hall's opening, as well as an increase in room rates.

Charlotte Observer

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December 26, 2010  10:32 AM ET

if you pay i will go

December 26, 2010  12:19 PM ET

First off: New Story YAY!

Second: Here we have a Hall of Fame currently occupied by 5 people. Do they really expect fans to be knocking down the doors for those five guys? I know there's other stuff there too, but still I don't see either France in the HoF bringing the people in.

December 26, 2010  02:15 PM ET
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Would like to visit it one day!

so would I , but I think everyone saying its a success is drinking the Brian France koolaid.

December 26, 2010  02:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

First off: New Story YAY!Second: Here we have a Hall of Fame currently occupied by 5 people. Do they really expect fans to be knocking down the doors for those five guys? I know there's other stuff there too, but still I don't see either France in the HoF bringing the people in.

yup, we had a big discussion on that. All the bickering about who made these first two classes if they would have considered "seeding" maybe 25, even 50, and make the attraction more of well, an attraction.

December 26, 2010  09:19 PM ET

Do they play the old 'Thunder Road' movie there?

December 26, 2010  10:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

First off: New Story YAY!Second: Here we have a Hall of Fame currently occupied by 5 people. Do they really expect fans to be knocking down the doors for those five guys? I know there's other stuff there too, but still I don't see either France in the HoF bringing the people in.

Yep....they need to add about 20 more people now that we've got the first 2 classes in. At least 10 drivers, and the other 10 you can split among innovators, owners, crew chiefs, etc.

December 26, 2010  10:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

yup, we had a big discussion on that. All the bickering about who made these first two classes if they would have considered "seeding" maybe 25, even 50, and make the attraction more of well, an attraction.

yep, major fail with only 5 for the first couple of classes

December 26, 2010  11:00 PM ET
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Don't they also have other memorabilia besides the inductees?

they had the 3 car that dale jr won with at daytona for a while, but i didnt make it before it left.. doh!!!

i think there is a bunch of different stuff there, like you can check out the inside of a hauler etc

December 27, 2010  08:30 AM ET

Part of the reason of lower attendance is the lack of interest in the sport now. Here's a plan for success. Make today's sport more interesting. Part of that is to make the cars resemble what we drive on the streets. Get Brian France out of the big glass office. Lower ticket prices to races, the HOF and even the hotels. It's hard for folks to make a plan to come to Charlotte with all of those factors working against them.

December 27, 2010  08:56 AM ET

wow-----the animosity between floatey and jake is wild---------they seem to not like each other-------------it leads to quick deletes------

December 27, 2010  09:15 AM ET

well we are talking about a sport where they continually make left hand turns.... so I'm not sure a HOF is really necessary.

December 27, 2010  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

yup, we had a big discussion on that. All the bickering about who made these first two classes if they would have considered "seeding" maybe 25, even 50, and make the attraction more of well, an attraction.

Yeah didn't mean to open old wounds/arguments there, just stating my opinion.

December 27, 2010  10:26 AM ET
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Yeah didn't mean to open old wounds/arguments there, just stating my opinion.

we're in violent agreement

December 27, 2010  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#48):

well we are talking about a sport where they continually make left hand turns.... so I'm not sure a HOF is really necessary.

Thank you for your astute observation.

December 27, 2010  10:28 AM ET

Mr Nice? You around? Been out plowing snow?

December 27, 2010  12:42 PM ET

They could put a Hall of Droning Announcers right next snore.

December 27, 2010  02:04 PM ET
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They could put a Hall of Droning Announcers right next snore.

what you did there, i see it

December 27, 2010  04:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#57):

Mr Nice? You around? Been out plowing snow?

Late afternoon to you all, burrrrr 24+ and light snow right now, Pondscum yes out doing a few parking lots today, no rushing from here to there so it makes it a little easier, it seems like you all have the same idea on the HOF, they need More of everything, and less of the swig kid France,your all right in your comments, LOL each one says it a little different. Have a good one fella's and stay warm where ever your at.

December 27, 2010  05:51 PM ET

This just in:

In order to increase attendance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame CEO Brian France will be inducted into the HoF replacing David Person on the list of inductees. It is believe that by adding France to the Hall of Fame with his father and grandfather this will increase the attendance by ten-fold.

"Having the entire France Dynasty in the Hall of Fame s what the NASCAR fans want to see," France is quoted as saying. "We are also currently looking at other executives to replace the current inductees as this will allow the fans to see the true heroes of the sport."

While those other executives have yet been named, it is believed that they will all be current employees as to pull in names that the entire fan base would know and love.

 
December 27, 2010  05:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#69):

Late afternoon to you all, burrrrr 24+ and light snow right now, Pondscum yes out doing a few parking lots today, no rushing from here to there so it makes it a little easier, it seems like you all have the same idea on the HOF, they need More of everything, and less of the swig kid France,your all right in your comments, LOL each one says it a little different. Have a good one fella's and stay warm where ever your at.

Good to know you're safe and relatively warm there Mr. Nice! Just remember all the green you'll be seeing when it's all over!

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