Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibit here for Super Bowl LIV
Written by Jesse Scheckner on March 5, 2019
Roughly three weeks after the 2019 NFL season starts and five months before Miami hosts its 11th Super Bowl, HistoryMiami Museum will unveil a massive related exhibit.
“Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame” will arrive at the loading area of the plaza the museum shares with the main library in early September in about seven semitrailers.
The exhibit, called “the most extensive and comprehensive exhibition featuring America’s most popular sport ever to tour,” will run Sept. 28-Feb. 9, mark the museum’s 80th anniversary and coincide with Super Bowl LIV festivities.
It’ll span roughly 7,000 square feet and feature artifacts like the Super Bowl trophy, a “leatherhead” helmet, Saints kicker Tom Dempsey’s half-foot kicking shoe, objects from the 1972 “Immaculate Reception” game and items used by Jim Thorpe, Red Grange, Dick Butkus, Joe Namath, Bart Starr, Tom Landry, Joe Montana and John Elway.
Visitors can put on equipment, enter a kicking challenge and test their knowledge in an “NFL Instant Replay” multimedia experience.
HistoryMiami will curate a “Hometown Heroes” section focused on the Dolphins, museum marketing director Michele Reese said.
The museum inked a contract to host the exhibit last week, days before the Miami-Dade Internal Services Department led a meeting between potential developers of a new civil courthouse set to rise starting in July 2020 and operators of nearby facilities, including the museum and library branch.
Tentative courthouse plans include possibly closing NW First Avenue through 2023, which would bar future exhibits like this one because it would cut off access to the loading area, said museum director Jorge Zamanillo.
“We plan our projects out two or three years ahead of time,” he said. “There’s no way [to host an exhibit of this size] with the service ramp closed.”