College Football Hall of Fame Vandalized and Looted in Atlanta Riots

The College Football Hall of Fame moved from South Bend, Ind., to Atlanta in 2014. It was damaged by violent riots on Friday night. (College Football Hall of Fame)

The $68.5 million College Football Hall of Fame was one of many buildings in Atlanta vandalized and looted during Friday night riots across the country.

The Atlanta riots were part of violent demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, who died while he was in police custody in Minneapolis earlier in the week.

Protesters smashed the windows at the Hall of Fame and looted its gift shop. The riots continued through the night despite a news conference by Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms condemning the violence. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp deployed the national guard after declaring a state of emergency.

“We are heartbroken to see the damage to our city and the Hall of Fame,” College Football Hall of Fame CEO Kimberly Beaudin said in a statement. “As our Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, we are better than this, better than this as a city, better than this as a country.”

Beaudin said the Hall of Fame would work to rebuild in the coming days. She later said none of the artifacts in the Hall of Fame had been damaged.

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SOURCE: Al.com, Ben Thomas