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Redskins Fan First In Refurbished HOF

Posted by Andrew Walker on June 11, 2012 – 2:35 pm

(via ProFootballHOF.com)

A 16-year-old Redskins fan became the first-ever visitor to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame through its brand new grand lobby Monday morning.

Jacob Dennis of Salisbury, Md., made the trip to Canton as part of his birthday celebration, according to this article from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

According to the piece, the museum’s entrance was relocated to the center of the building as part of the Hall of Fame’s “Future 50” expansion and renovation project — a two-phase, $27-million project. For nearly 50 years, fans instead entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame through its dome-shaped edifice.

But that wasn’t the case Monday morning for Dennis, the first visitor into the brand new entrance who was wearing his burgundy Chris Cooley No. 47 Redskins jersey. He was joined by his step-father, Kevin Presto — a Baltimore Ravens fan — and his uncle James Upton, a Seattle Seahawks fan, according to the article.

The second phase of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s “Future 50” expansion will begin after its Class of 2012 Enshrinement Ceremony, which will be in Canton Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.

Those elected to the hall this year include Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf.

Here’s a photo of the exterior of the new entrance at the Pro Football Hall of Fame:

(via ProFootballHOF.com)

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