A popular local tourist attraction has reached a milestone in counting visitors.
A Pennsylvania youth got a lot of attention for being the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 9 millionth visitor on Sunday... and due to his location, it's probably no surprise that the kid's a Steelers fan...
Pro Football Hall of Fame - news release
10-year-old Steelers fan is Hall of Fame’s 9 Millionth Visitor
Ten-year-old Alex Duff of York, Pa. had a memorable first visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon. Alex, who is vacationing with his father Bob, mother Kristen, and older brother Joshua, became the Hall of Fame’s 9 millionth visitor.
As the milestone guest, Duff was showered with prizes that included a lifetime pass to the Hall of Fame, a custom “9 million” t-shirt, a $1,000 gift card to the Hall of Fame store, and a copy of the new “PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME 50TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK: Where Greatness Lives.” In addition, the fifth grader at Dallastown Area Intermediate School will be featured on a commemorative football card produced by Panini, the official trading card of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The excited Pittsburgh Steelers fan was stunned by the attention and had just one word to describe his newfound celebrity status, “Amazing!”
Timeline of milestone visitors:
1 million – 1973; 2 million – 1976; 3 million – 1981; 4 million – 1984; 5 million – 1991; 6 million – 1996; 7 million – 2001; 8 million – 2007
The Pro Football Hall of Fame first opened its doors on September 7, 1963. The original two-building complex, containing 19,000 square feet of interior space, has grown to 118,000 square feet. The Hall of Fame has had four major expansions in its nearly 50-year history – 1971, 1978, 1995, and the current “Future 50” Expansion & Renovation Project.