DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The
in downtown Cleveland welcomed its ten millionth visitor Thursday. Ross Walker arrived just after 10:30 a.m.
"I thought something was a little strange coming in. I thought they were preparing for a celebrity or a special guest. It was really a huge surprise that I was that special guest. I am very grateful for this experience," said Ross Walker.
The New York City native has never been to Ohio before.
"I'm from New York. I'm actually looking at schools in Cleveland right now. I'm looking at doing grad school at the University of Akron possibly," Walker said.
So what exactly brought the 27-year-old to downtown Cleveland?
"To be honest I was just coming to see the school and I realized Cleveland has a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and I've been wanting to go there my entire life so it was kind of a no-brainer to come here when I had a day in between," Ross said.
Ross was greeted with a balloon drop, a cake and a Rock 'N' Roll Prize Package worth more than $4,000 that includes tickets to sold-out April 18, 2015 Induction Ceremony, Klipsch Status headphones, free admission to the museum for a year, a year's subscription to SiriusXM Radio and a limited edition Rock Hall Guitar!
"It's perfect. I've been playing guitar since I was 11-years-old, all kinds of audio gear and I need some headphones," added Ross. "I'm always playing guitar. I have a drum kit at my house."
And there's one artist in particular that Ross loves and is a huge fan of.
"My room at home basically looks like a shrine to Jimi Hendrix, there's a million posters and things like that," Ross shared.
"You came here as a visitor but now you're part of history and part of our story as our 10 millionth visitor," said Greg Harris, President and CEO of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has a lot to celebrate this year including its 20th Anniversary, the 2015 Induction Ceremony, Cleveland Rock Week and the opening of its newest exhibit, Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits.