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NASCAR Hall Of Fame Doesn't Draw Crowds On Thanksgiving

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Visitors tour the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Photo: Erin Sutton/WFAE

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Inside NASCAR Hall of Fame. The NASCAR Hall of Fame was open on Thanksgiving Day this year. But it didn't lure the crowds that some had hoped it would. The publicly-funded museum has had low attendance and shortfalls since it opened in the spring of 2010. When Hall of Fame officials came before city council a few days before Thanksgiving last year, council member Andy Dulin had a suggestion: stay open on Thanksgiving to lure in the parade crowds. "It would make sense to me to funnel those folks into that Hall of Fame on Thursday and make that part of the tradition of Thanksgiving in Charlotte," said Dulin. "Let that parade march right through the front doors!" Neither the parade nor the crowds did that. The Hall of Fame won't release the attendance numbers until January, but it certainly doesn't sound like it was busy. Winston Kelley, the museum's director would only say the number of visitors was similar to other winter weekdays when anywhere between 100 and 500 people come. He says it's also important to factor in gift shop sales. "We need to look at the broader perspective internally and then review it with our advisory board and then we'll make a decision whether it makes sense to continue to do it going forward," says Kelley. He says the museum was busier than usual Friday and Saturday. The Hall of Fame is taking another suggestion from city councilsort of. The museum is lowering ticket prices. This week through Groupon the hall is offering tickets for $10, half off the regular price.