NewsLocal News / March 21, 2016

Organizers Kick Off Fundraising For Mascot Hall of Fame In Northwestern Indiana

Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura says he sees the facility more as a children's museum that highlights mascots.Mascot Hall of Fame, Whiting, sports mascots, Joe Stahura2016-03-21T00:00:00-04:00
Organizers Kick Off Fundraising For Mascot Hall of Fame In Northwestern Indiana

Well-known sports mascot The San Diego Chicken performs for fans at Shea Stadium as the San Diego Padres play the New York Mets in New York, June 7, 1979.

AP Photo/ G. Paul Burnett

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.

 

 

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