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Old 05-17-2010, 11:38 AM
 
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:49 AM
 
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I'm sorry. I've looked at this thing six ways till Sunday. I just don't see how it's going to be economically viable.
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:11 PM
 
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I tend to agree w/chuckles. I have zero interest in Nascar, so I might have an extreme opinion, but I think the HOF is a huge waste of money. The type of people who would come to a museum like this don't have jobs anymore, so they aren't going to spend $20 a head just to see some cars. I also doubt anyone would go more than once.

I hope for the sake of the city it is successful, but I have some serious doubts.
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:18 PM
 
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you guys are stereotyping its pathetic

Wait n see we will see more celebrities in town, who are into Racing
It going to make this area blossom even more.
Uptown hotels are going to be booked more with tourists, People sporting their favorite
drivers There going to be more race related festivals
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:31 PM
 
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Oh, it will make money. I had my doubts at first but I am convinced . . . it will make money and it is gonna be a big revenue generator for Charlotte in general.

I have some info on the opening on my blog if anyone is interested. I didn't attend the opening but my blogging buddy did - and he did a really nice write up (look under "Features")

There's also an article up on ZMAX Dragway (and a recipe for making your own mochaccinos plus an article on DOGA - yoga with your doggie . . . but I digress)

Carolina Lifestyles

The Hall of Fame is gonna be a huge draw. It is a beautiful building, too!

I ordered some items online (Ebay) the other day and the guy saw my addy was Charlotte, so he immediately sent me a separate email and asked about the Hall of Fame. He is in Wisconsin and had tickets for the Coca Cola 600 and entry into the HoF - and he had some questions and wanted to know if I had any info I could direct him to or share with him.

Now, to me - he is a typical NASCAR fan. He has an RV and takes it all over the country to particular races. These fans are gonna be the ones who make the trip to the HOF and they are gonna go back home and tell their racing friends about it - and they are gonna be posting on forums . . .

The word will spread and I believe the HOF is gonna become the most predominate tourist attraction for this whole region.
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:34 PM
 
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What about my post remotely comes across as stereotyping? I've got no skin in this game. I'm completely ambiguous when it comes to Nascar. I don't know enough about it to care one way or another. I'm looking purely at the economics of the museum. The cost to the city versus the potential to produce revenue. I don't care if it's the quilting hall of fame, it doesn't look viable. Maybe if it wasn't uptown. I'm assuming you've seen the volume of cars and campers around the track in the days leading up to the races. It's not like someone can say, "Hey, we're going to head to Charlotte for a few hours to see the NHoF. We'll be back in a few hours before the race starts". Because you can't do that. You'd never get back in. So the vast majority of people who go to the races, unless they're in town for all of Speed Week, will be unwilling or unable to make it down to the hall and back again in the space of a long weekend. In the case of local fans or fans who live within driving distance, how many times a year do they need to see it? And that's all assuming money is no object. They should have put it closer to Concord. Just sayin'.
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:37 PM
 
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Ani, I hope you're right. I really do. I am one of Charlotte's biggest cheerleader. Anyone who reads my posts knows that. I'm just very, very concerned about this. Management will have to watch it scrupulously to ensure it doesn't wind up being another Whitewater Center. Which, by the way, we finally visited and at almost $50 per person plus parking, as much as we enjoyed it, is not something we'll be able to afford/justify again in the near future.
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:39 PM
 
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What about my post remotely comes across as stereotyping? I've got no skin in this game. I'm completely ambiguous when it comes to Nascar. I don't know enough about it to care one way or another. I'm looking purely at the economics of the museum. The cost to the city versus the potential to produce revenue. I don't care if it's the quilting hall of fame, it doesn't look viable. Maybe if it wasn't uptown. I'm assuming you've seen the volume of cars and campers around the track in the days leading up to the races. It's not like someone can say, "Hey, we're going to head to Charlotte for a few hours to see the NHoF. We'll be back in a few hours before the race starts". Because you can't do that. You'd never get back in. So the vast majority of people who go to the races, unless they're in town for all of Speed Week, will be unwilling or unable to make it down to the hall and back again in the space of a long weekend. In the case of local fans or fans who live within driving distance, how many times a year do they need to see it? And that's all assuming money is no object. They should have put it closer to Concord. Just sayin'.
A lot of the folks I know who have RVs and take them to various events (concerts, NASCAR, etc) either have a motorcycle they are taking or are pulling a small vehicle.

Also, I would think there would be some sort of special bus service going from the HOF to the race track (like the hotels do . . . ???) If there isn't such a service, then I need to write up a business plan and get a loan, cause I think that would be a great business to start - pick up and delivery of tourists to the HOF from hotels, race track, airport - wherever!
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:45 PM
 
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There is a company called Grand Stand Communications in Concord that plans and executes guided tours. They pick people up at the airport, get them to hotels uptown, and take them to the races on the days of. Those folks will have access to the hall because they'll already be uptown. But getting back and forth for folks who are staying close to the track or camping there, even with a small car or motorcycle, is a stretegic nightmare. Like I said, if they come early in the week, then it's a different story.
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:47 PM
 
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Its cool Ill let the naysayers do what they want it wont change who I am a heart. Im not huge fan but I do spend my Sundays usually on this computer as my sweetheart the die hard fan he is. He even has a
Jeff Gordon debit card. Im going to ask for me to have one as I see these
debit cards will be collectibles in time.
I should be Jealous of Jeff Gordon his pictures about outweigh me in our bedroom
He wants to to the Hall of Fame now and I say wait let it die down
but we might get lucky to see one of the drivers too


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Oh, it will make money. I had my doubts at first but I am convinced . . . it will make money and it is gonna be a big revenue generator for Charlotte in general.

I have some info on the opening on my blog if anyone is interested. I didn't attend the opening but my blogging buddy did - and he did a really nice write up (look under "Features")

There's also an article up on ZMAX Dragway (and a recipe for making your own mochaccinos plus an article on DOGA - yoga with your doggie . . . but I digress)

Carolina Lifestyles

The Hall of Fame is gonna be a huge draw. It is a beautiful building, too!

I ordered some items online (Ebay) the other day and the guy saw my addy was Charlotte, so he immediately sent me a separate email and asked about the Hall of Fame. He is in Wisconsin and had tickets for the Coca Cola 600 and entry into the HoF - and he had some questions and wanted to know if I had any info I could direct him to or share with him.

Now, to me - he is a typical NASCAR fan. He has an RV and takes it all over the country to particular races. These fans are gonna be the ones who make the trip to the HOF and they are gonna go back home and tell their racing friends about it - and they are gonna be posting on forums . . .

The word will spread and I believe the HOF is gonna become the most predominate tourist attraction for this whole region.
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