Executive Director Djorn Buchholz said the Hall of Fame will be operating at 50% capacity, which will allow about 100 people inside the facility at one time. That is in alignment with Phase 3 of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Open Texas plan, which he announced in a June 3 news release.
“We're so interactive inside of the Hall of Fame that it didn't make sense for us to open until [now],” Buchholz said.
Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets online to limit contact at the box office, though tickets will still be available there for purchase, he said.
“We’ve taken quite a bit of precautions inside the building,” Buchholz said. “Our staff will be in face coverings, and we’re doing deep cleans each night. And per the guidelines, we need to have at least one staff member on site cleaning at all times, so we're going to do that.”
Most of the facility’s touchscreen displays will be open to visitors, Buchholz said, with the exception of the virtual reality exhibit.
“We just feel that there's just too much contact involved in that one that we just don't think we can safely do it at this time,” he said. “So that'll remain closed for the foreseeable future.”
The facility originally closed March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic. When it reopens, the Hall of Fame’s hours will be 1:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
“We were one of the first ones to close, and now I think we're going to be one of the first ones to reopen,” Buchholz said. “We'll be excited when things get back to normal, but we know that that's probably not going to be for some time.”