Sinkhole attracts record numbers to Corvette museum

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Not every visitor gets quite this warm a welcome | National Corvette Museum photo
Not every visitor gets quite this warm a welcome | National Corvette Museum photo

The National Corvette Museum announced Friday that the catastrophic sinkhole that swallowed eight cars in the museum’s Skydome also led to record attendance in 2014, the museum’s 20th anniversary year.

The museum recorded 251,258 visitors in 2014. The previous record was 200,900 in 1999, the museum’s fifth year in operation.

Those 251,258 visitors exceeded 2013 attendance figures by 67 percent, or slightly more than 100,000 people.

Not only did the museum attract record attendance, but the Corvette Assembly plant across the street drew 55,785 people to its tours, exceeding the previous record of 45,845 in 2006.

The museum also released a video showing the progress made so far in filling the sinkhole:

 

 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.