Thousands upon thousands of entrants for the 2013 edition of ESPN’s Fan Hall of Fame have been narrowed down to 10. Voting began, this week, to help select the three individuals who will make up the 2013 class of inductees into this most prestigious of shrines.One of the remaining candidates is Barry “The Hatchet” Vagnoni, who resides in Reading, PA, or thereabouts, and is easily one of the biggest Birds fans you’ll ever find.
If not for the character, himself, Barry made it into the top 10 because of the 2,0000-square-foot addition he put on his home that is the closest thing you’ll find to an Eagles museum. The room—which Vagnoni calls the Philadelphia Eagles Locker Room—contains memorabilia that he has collected since the 1970s and has been featured on Eagles Television Network and various other local stations. Vagnoni recently won the Dunkin’ Donuts Philly’s Coolest & Biggest Sports Fan Contest thanks to a video that featured the room.
Here’s a bit from his bio on the ESPN Fan Hall of Fame site (where you can vote for him), explaining the layout of this incredible space:
The room consists of 16 flat screen TVs and includes the men’s (players) and ladies’ (cheerleaders) rooms. The focal point is a 15ft. X 9ft. Hi-Def projection TV that makes you feel like you’re in the huddle with the team.
There’s a huge deck outside as well as a tent with flat screen TVs for tailgaters. We have anywhere from 75 to 150 family and friends (only Eagles Fans) here for every Eagles game.
There’s a 35ft. bar,custom made bleachers,replica lockers (each has a TV), seats from Veterans Stadium, a 30-foot piece of Vet stadium astro turf, Eagles bar stools, Eagles tables and chairs, and an unbelievable collection of Eagles signed memorabilia from all the great Eagles players from yesterday and today.
In the men’s and ladies room toilets, I had the Dallas Cowboys logos airbrushed into them.
And some photos (courtesy of ESPN):
Though he could, Vagnoni and his wife (who inexplicably agreed to let her husband build this space when a retirement home in Florida was in the works) refuse to charge admission on gameday, and supply all of the food, beer, soda, and bottled water to their friends and family who show up. Vagnoni even said he’s had folks give up their season tickets to come watch the games at his place.
A space like this is something I can only dream about (right now anyway), and is absolutely deserving of a spot in ESPN’s Fan Hall of Fame. Get out the vote, Philly fans! Vote for Barry “The Hatchet” Vagnoni here.