Georgia Sports Hall will stay in Macon

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame will stay in Macon and not move to Athens.


Save the Halls Inc., a public-private partnership trying to keep the Georgia sports and music halls of fame in Macon, was the only organization to bid on the sports hall by the Friday deadline, the Macon Telegraph reported Saturday.

Athens and Macon were the only cities represented at a mandatory meeting in October for potential sports hall bidders.

Matt Forshee, the CEO of the Athens-Clarke Economic Development Foundation, did not return calls seeking comment on the sports hall, but previously said that Athens probably would not bid for the sports hall because it is not as good a fit for the city as the music hall of fame. Forshee is leading efforts to bring the music hall to Athens.

The passing of the deadline to bid on the sports hall of fame also means that Macon's bid to keep the music hall of fame could soon become public. A Bibb County judge allowed Halls of Fame Inc. to keep its music hall of fame proposal, submitted Dec. 10, secret until the sports hall of fame deadline passed because the music hall bid also contained financial information about the sports hall. Macon officials argued that releasing the music hall bid could give Athens an advantage in winning the sports hall.

The music hall of fame released proposals from four cities - Athens, Dahlonega, Woodstock and Dunwoody - last month in response to open records requests from the Athens Banner-Herald and other media outlets.


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