Super Bowl history museum exhibit to open ahead of Miami hosting Super Bowl 54

MIAMI (WSVN) - A traveling exhibit that has been featured in the city hosting this year’s Super Bowl has arrived in Miami.

The traveling exhibit Gridiron Glory will open at the HistoryMiami Museum on Saturday.

“We managed to put this exhibit together to kind of give you an experience, the complete history of the NFL and professional football,” Jason Aikens, curator of the Super Bowl exhibit, said. “The greatest items that we have of our collection are in this exhibit.”

The exhibit features the best of the best from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, including memorabilia from past games and those of football legends like former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino.

“Whether you’re a Dolphins fan or a [Dallas] Cowboys fan, you’re gonna have the opportunity to visit the hall of fame here in Miami, Florida,” Jorge Zamanillo, executive director of HistoryMiami Museum, said.

As organizers continue to set up the exhibit for the grand opening, they say football fans cannot miss it.

“You know, you have some great artifacts that are gonna be here, including the footballs that were used to break the passing record by Marino,” Zamanillo said. “I mean, where else are you gonna see that? Unless you go to Ohio. It’s kind of in Ohio, so this is it. This is the place to be.”

Organizer said over 200 artifacts will be present at the exhibit.

“Every showing of Gridiron Glory we always try to include the home team in it,” Aikens said. “Dan Marino was the quarterback when Don Shula surpassed George Halas for most wins in NFL history, and that’s Don Shula’s play sheet.”

Attendees will have a chance to walk through the game’s history and relive some of the league’s big moments.

“There’s a special showing every few minutes where you can live some of the great moments featuring some of the championship teams,” Aikens said.

The exhibit is also interactive. Visitors can compare their grips to some of the NFL’s all-time greatest quarterbacks.

Organizers said whether participants are football fanatics or excited to celebrate the festivities, there’s something inside for all to enjoy.

“Downtown’s gonna be completely activated,” Zamanillo said. “The Super Bowl Village, the players are staying in downtown, and you’re not only going to be able to take part in that activity. Millions of people in South Florida are going to be able to see the exhibit, and of course, go to the Super Bowl.”

Gridiron Glory will run from Saturday through Super Bowl 54 on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020.

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