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This Day in Georgia History

April 24, 1999

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Opened

In 1956, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame was created to honor high school athletes and coaches. In 1963, its focus expanded to include all sports. However, until 1999, a Georgia Sports Hall of Fame existed on paper only. Each year, a new round of former sports greats were inducted at an annual banquet in Atlanta, but there never was an actual facility housing the hall of fame. That ended on April 24, 1999, when grand opening ceremonies were held in Macon for the new 43,000-square-foot home of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.