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National Soccer HOF Exec Dir Discusses Plans For New Museum Experience In Frisco

National Soccer HOF Exec Dir Djorn Buchholz plans for the upcoming museum to be more of an "experience" for visitors that HOFs for other sports, according to according to Valerie Wigglesworth of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. The HOF is being built in the south end of Toyota Stadium, and there is a lot to keep Buchholz "busy between now and the joint grand opening and induction ceremony on Oct. 20." Buchholz said, "We're going to have 400 artifacts in there that tell the history of our game, but we also want to talk about the future of the game as well, and that's where we get into a lot of very cool AV (audiovisual), virtual reality, gesture technology and digital touch screens that are going to blow people away." He added, "This is the Cooperstown, the Canton of soccer in their backyard. And to an extent, it's going to be better than those because it's built into a stadium where you can come and experience an amazing Hall of Fame and then go out and watch the beautiful game right there." Buchholz calls the opening of the HOF a "unique opportunity that we've got now to rebrand ourselves and rebrand the stadium and the experience inside of it and the atmosphere." Wigglesworth notes Buchholz before taking over at the HOF "worked in Austin as a consultant, which included running the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament" during the summer in San Antonio (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/29).