Mayor Buttigieg discusses future of Hall of Fame

The future of the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend remains uncertain, but that hasn't stopped Mayor Pete Buttigieg from enjoying this weekend's 18th Annual Enshrinement Festival in downtown.

Friday, Buttigieg served as judge for the famous ribs cookoff which has become a yearly tradition during Enshrinement weekend.

"I gotta tell you there are some really good ribs here but they are very serious about the barbecue," the Mayor explained. "I even had to take an oath about how fair I was going to be and I did my best."

Of course, one of the hot topics is about the future of the Hall of Fame with its pending departure for Atlanta.

"I'm just glad that we have this weekend and this festival," Buttigieg said. "We'll figure out what the future is afterwards but now is the time to enjoy downtown, enjoy the festival and make the most of it for families."

As for the future, the Mayor says no matter what--South Bend will figure out the right way to move forward.

"All I can say is that South Bend is really good about finding a new path," the Mayor said. "When we need a new use for an old structure, South Bend has done incredible things from the East Race to Central High School. I'm sure if the Hall is not going to be staying in this building, South Bend is going to find a way."

Ultimately, many expect this will be the final Enshrinement Festival in South Bend.

"You know we have not had a formal conversation yet," the Mayor explained. "It's too soon to say."

Those discussions are expected to happen in August.

Enshrinement weekend concludes with the Dinner and Show Saturday night at the Century Center.


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