By Thomas Nelson
WATERLOO, Iowa – The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum is re-opening its doors after a $1.4 million renovation.
A group of wrestling greats, including Dan Gable, a Distinguished Member inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1980, came to the museum to celebrate the ribbon cutting with Gable beer from Singlespeed Brewing.
“I love it,” Gable said. “We’re about 90 percent done, and its so much more open. It’s upgraded.”
The renovation has expanded the wrestling room and added four kiosks for museum visitors to use.
“We have a part of the history of the state of Iowa,” Gable said. “We’ve done a lot in wrestling all throughout the state.”
For Gable, museums are about the future.
“There are so many things that are historic in here, but it’s still about the future, otherwise there won’t be anything added to this place,” Gable said during a speech at the re-opening. “I’m always looking ahead.”
John Bowlsby, National Wrestling Hall of Fame board member, Waterloo native and wrestling hall of famer, also spoke.
“This is a a community building,” Bowlsby said. “We’ll make room for everybody.”
Bowlsby encouraged people to get wrestling teams to the center. The highlight of the renovation is the expanded wrestling room.
Donated by Resilite Wrestling, the mats for the wrestling room were delivered Wednesday night and placed under a large Gable quote: “Once you have wrestled everything else in life is easy.”
“The expanded wrestling room and the mat means we want Waterloo to make more wrestling history,” Gable said. “We’re looking out for the future.”