No need for Kansas City football fans to visit Canton, Ohio, this summer — unless they want to see Will Shields of the Chiefs inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame is coming to them.
A traveling show called “Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame” will be the summer exhibit at Union Station, officials will announce today.
The station is partnering with the Kansas City Chiefs to bring the exhibit here from May 23 to Sept. 6.
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The exhibit is now in Phoenix, where it includes a 1919 helmet that belonged to Knute Rockne and a game jersey worn by Jim Brown among more than 200 other artifacts and documents.
The 10,000-square-foot traveling show will be augmented by a 4,000-square-foot section dedicated to the Chiefs.
“We know that Kansas City is passionate about football, and we know that Union Station is an iconic part of our community,” Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in an announcement of the exhibit. “The ability to see pieces of football history … without having to leave the Chiefs Kingdom is a unique opportunity for football fans and all sports fans alike.”
Video from NFL Films of key plays and players will be included. Visitors will be able to try on protective gear, play the part of a referee in an instant replay booth, kick a field goal and put on a helmet to receive instructions from a coach.
The exhibit will also explore the early days of football and the rise of black athletes.
Several Chiefs players are expected to attend an announcement of the exhibit at 11 a.m. today at Union Station. Tickets go on sale March 13. Union Station and Chiefs season ticket members may buy tickets beginning today.
Gridiron Glory tickets are $14.94 adults and $11.95 children. Members’ tickets are $11.95.