Gridiron Glory Exhibit Opens On Friday


Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson got an early peek at the Gridiron Glory exhibit at Union Station

From Union Station, Kansas City, Mo.

The histories of the Chiefs and of the National Football League have come together in one exhibit at Kansas City’s Union Station.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Gridiron Glory exhibit opens Friday at the station, bringing together artifacts from the NFL along with a host of memories from the Kansas City Chiefs. Originally scheduled to open Saturday morning, Union Station executive Georgie Guastello announced Thursday night during an opening reception that the exhibit is ready to go and will be open a day early.

There is more than 10,000-square feet of exhibit space and there are 200 artifacts from the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, coming in the form of photos, jerseys and rare documents. There’s another 4,000-square feet dedicated to the history of the Chiefs. There are multi-media exhibits and plenty of video of the KC red and gold and the rest of the league. Also on display is the Vince Lombardi Trophy awarded to the Chiefs after their Super Bowl IV victory over Minnesota in January 1970.

For the first week of the exhibit, the Hall of Fame allowed the bust of Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt to leave the building in Canton and travel to Union Station. It was unveiled Thursday evening by Hall of Famers Len Dawson and Bobby Bell. The folks at the Hall seldom allow a bust to travel to another site.

Gridiron Glory – The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a traveling exhibit that is taken throughout the country, celebrating the history, both past and current of the league. It’s as close as a football fan can get to the Hall of Fame without traveling to Canton. It will be on display at Union Station through Labor Day weekend. This Saturday, former Chiefs safety Deron Cherry will appear at the exhibit in a meet and greet session from 1-3 p.m.

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