Museum Closed to the Public February 3rd to March 25th
Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced it has entered the final phase of its $23+ million refurbishment of the museum which launched in early 2018. The museum will be closed to the public from Monday, February 3rd to Wednesday, March 25th as the iconic Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams will be fully redeveloped, along with implementation of new interactive areas around the court. Additionally, the Hall’s second floor will be deconstructed for a full transformation during this time.
“The Hall of Fame renovation has been underway since early 2018 and we are very excited to share our progress with the people of Springfield and fans traveling from afar,” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Naismith Hall of Fame. “As we complete phase three, the inside of the museum will become an active construction site, which has required us to close to the public for approximately seven weeks. We are encouraged by the tremendous advancements we’ve made to our museum and we invite everyone to join us for the new experience upon reopening.”
The Hall’s renovation includes the refurbishment of its iconic dome, in addition to a new technology and visitor experience with a fully redesigned "High Above Center Court" experience and the all new "Honors Ring.” The renovations are completely privately funded and are expected to be fully completed by June 1, 2020.
The Hall of Fame has proudly partnered with local contractors on this project which approaches $4 million to include: Western Builders (Granby, MA); Chandler Architectural Products, Inc. (W. Springfield, MA); Kent Brothers Excavating (Southampton, MA); Superior Caulking & Waterproofing, Inc. (Palmer, MA); Collins Electric (Chicopee, MA); Managed Air Systems LLC (Aircraft Grade Paint Refinisher, Bloomfield, CT); Healey & Associates (Belchertown, MA); and Project Management by Colebrook Realty Services (Springfield & Holyoke, MA)
For questions or more information, please contact John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame at (413) 231-5500.
About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo "Court of Dreams." Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.