Hall of Fame exhibit “Gridiron Glory” at the Washington State Historical Museum in Tacoma
Canton comes to Tacoma.
“Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Professional Football Hall of Fame” opens Saturday at the Washington State History Museum at 1911 Pacific Avenue. The 6,000-square-foot exhibit is a multimedia display of the Professional Football Hall of Fame, part of the Hall that comes to you, without you having to travel to eastern Ohio.
(However, as a native of eastern Ohio who grew up an hour away from the Hall of Fame and been there countless times, you really should go. Great people.)
The organizers of “Gridiron Glory” call it “the largest and most comprehensive traveling exhibition ever” on football.
Saturday’s launch gala will feature free mini commemorative balloons for the first 100 paid entries or WSHM members through the gate. The “Sea Gals” cheerleaders will be there, as will West Sound Wildlife to introduce visitors to a rescued wild falcon and falcon.
“Gridiron Glory” features interactive components such as the ability to try on a player’s headset, hear coach-to-player communications, enter an authentic instant replay booth, and make a difficult call to players. officials, measure yourself against molds of real football players and more. The Hall of Fame brings over 200 artifacts to tell its 125-year history of American football, including a Champion’s Theater with footage from NFL Films.
There will be a special Seahawks “Hometown Heroes” section of the exhibit that will feature the Vince Lombardi Trophy that Seattle won for its first and only NFL Championship. The same trophy the league presented to the team immediately after their victory over Denver in Super Bowl 48 at the end of the 2013 season will be on display at the Washington State History Museum from Saturday to early July. Then he has to go back to Canton, get back into the full Hall of Fame.
“For 15 weeks, Tacoma will be a ‘Super Bowl town’,” said Jennifer Kilmer, director of the Washington State Historical Society. “This is a unique opportunity for many in our region to experience the incredible collections of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “
“Gridiron Glory” tells the story of football from the 1892 accounting book of football’s first paid player (professional football’s “birth certificate”) to a locker performance with Seahawks player equipment.
“We are thrilled to help bring this unique exhibit to the region for 12 people across the region,” said Mike Flood, Seahawks Vice President of Community Outreach. “This is a great opportunity for fans to visualize how the Seahawks fit into the historical context of the NFL, including honoring our own Hall of Fame members.”
The traveling exhibit has been on display in all Super Bowl host cities since its inception in 2012. The Washington State History Museum will be the only place to see it in the Pacific Northwest.
“Gridiron Glory” will be on display Saturday through September 10 at the WSHM.
This story was originally published May 23, 2017 8:05 am.