Ali Center: Visits will jump 50%, to 150,000, this year after prize-fighter’s death

Ali Center logoThis year’s surge would follow several previous years when attendance stagnated at around 75,000 to 80,000, spokeswoman Jeanie Kahnke told The Courier-Journal for a story this morning.

Some 25,000 people have visited the center since June 3 alone, the day the prize-fighting Louisville native and humanitarian died in Phoenix after battling Parkinson’s disease for decades. CEO Donald Lassere said the steady stream of visitors will be “the new norm for the foreseeable future.”

The center opened in 2005 at a cost of $80 million after years of planning and fundraising.

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