The College Football Hall of Fame was damaged and looted during violent protests in Atlanta on Friday night, police confirmed in a statement.
The Hall of Fame, which is located near the CNN Center and Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, was near the epicenter of demonstrations over George Floyd’s death. Floyd, who was black, died while in police custody in Minneapolis earlier this week.
Protesters smashed the Hall of Fame’s front windows and looted its gift shop during the demonstrations. It was not immediately clear whether the Hall of Fame’s museum, which is the home of many of the sport’s most notable artifacts and memorabilia, was damaged by looters.
In a statement, College Football Hall of Fame CEO Kimberly Beaudin said she was “heartbroken” to see the damage. The Hall of Fame moved from South Bend, Indiana, to a $68.5 million facility in Atlanta in 2014.
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