WWE announced today that its renowned Hall of Fame has temporarily closed for a major renovation project.
The building — described in one tourism guide as Connecticut’s “architectural crown jewel” — will be closed for approximately three months for upgrades to the shimmering glass foyer, the marble hallways and the Romanesque archways in the main exhibition hall.
“We apologize for any inconvenience, but we assure the WWE Universe that the renovated Hall of Fame be worth the wait,” said WWE spokesperson Adam Carelli. “We expect it to be considered the ‘Louvre of North America.’”
Since opening its doors to the public in 1993 following the inaugural induction of Andre The Giant, the WWE Hall of Fame has become a must-see tourist destination in the American northeast. More than 40 million travelers have walked through its massive oak doors, with more visitors discovering its magical allure every year.
Visitors to the 650,000-square-foot facility on the outskirts of Stamford typically report feelings of “awe” and “spiritual exaltation” after seeing one-of-a-kind artifacts on display, such as Bob Orton’s cast, Mr. Fuji’s cane and Capt. Lou Albano’s cheek-elastics.
It is commonly said that “you can’t see it all in one day,” with many guests spending entire visits in the enormous Koko B. Ware Commemorative Aviary, or the Polynesian-inspired Jimmy Superfly Snuka Annex.
WWE’s Vice President of Historical Stewardship, Phillip Theis, said the newly renovated Hall of Fame will “be even more immersive, impressive and amazing than ever before.
“It’s one thing to watch the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on TV,” Theis said. “But you haven’t truly experienced the Hall of Fame until you’ve set foot inside it and marveled at its grandeur.”