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Hall of Fame updates building progress

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LUBBOCK, Texas - In order to elevate the importance and attention of its two signature events, the National College Baseball Hall of Fame groundbreaking and the annual Night of Champions will be held at two separate times, President and CEO Mike Gustafson announced on Tuesday.

The annual Night of Champions will be June 28th at the Overton Hotel. The groundbreaking for the new College of Baseball Hall of Fame building has been scheduled for this fall.

"We're looking at October 21st as a date for the ceremonial groundbreaking," Gustafson said. "As we looked again at the schedule of events we have for our inductees and honorees, we realized it was going to be difficult to work in a formal ground-breaking announcement. There also are several key donors and honored guests that we want to have in attendance at a ground-breaking ceremony and we realized that weekend wasn't going to work as well as we had intended."

The goal for the capital campaign is $13 million, with $9 million earmarked for construction of the facility and $4 million earmarked for an endowment to ensure the long-term viability of the Hall of Fame.

"Our campaign is still moving along well," Gustafson said. "The Moody Foundation contribution serves as the perfect lead gift. We are going about this project in a very deliberate manner to ensure that our donors and supporters are proud of this facility and that it is the highest quality venue."

In November 2013, when the Hall of Fame announced that the building itself will be named for President George H.W. Bush, a first baseman at Yale in the late 1940's, a groundbreaking tentatively was planned to coincide with the annual Night of Champions celebration on June 28th.

Gustafson said that the Hall of Fame staff and board members are excited about what the next few months will bring for the organization, and look forward to beginning construction of the 30,000-plus square foot facility.

"We look forward to the day in the near future when this facility opens and creates one more venue the City of Lubbock," he said, "and everyone who has supported us can be proud of. This facility will give us a venue to continue our mission of recognizing the best of college baseball's past, present and future."

To become a part of the endeavor to bring the National College Baseball Hall of Fame to West Texas, go to www.collegebaseballhall.org and click on the membership tab.

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