WATERLOO, Iowa. (KCRG) - The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum reopened on Thursday following a $1.4 million dollar renovation that started in September of 2018.
The renovation gutted the entire building and from there a complete redesign started with new interactive technology, new memorabilia, and a new wrestling room that gives local youth wrestling organizations a place to practice.
“Museums are about history but really if you don't keep making history you run out of history." Gable said. "A wrestling room is going to make history. Waterloo once was a great wrestling town, and its just a wrestling town now, and we want to make it really good”
Visitors can find inspiration in the video room as well near the back of the building that has old national championship matches looped on video
The renovation was originally supposed to be completed in December, but they are just happy to have the doors open
“This is a great feeling I feel so good about what we did and getting the vibe from people, have kids wrestling around right now." said museum director Kyle Klingman. "Were in a community that values wrestling and to finally have this done its a great time to get across the finish line"