WHITING, Ind. (AP) — Organizers have kicked off fundraising efforts for a National Mascot Hall of Fame that would be built in northwestern Indiana to honor well-known sports mascots.
Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura tells The (Munster) Times that he sees the facility more as a children's museum that highlights mascots.
A brochure created to help raise funds describes various potential features of the hall and describes how it could entice visitors to make repeated trips to the venue to enjoy a variety of activities and events.
Stahura said the city will use tax increment financing bonds to construct what has been envisioned as a 25,000-square-foot building. He said the city is probably going to invest about $8 million in the structure, parking and related exterior components.