Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

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Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
Established 1955
Location 169 Canada Olympic Road SW, Canada Olympic Park, Calgary, AB, T3B 5R5 2011-present
Exhibition Place - Toronto 1955-2005
Type Hall of Fame
Director Mario Siciliano (President and CEO)
Curator Gladys Serafino - as Manager, Resource Centre, Exhibits & Collections
Website www.sportshall.ca/

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is a hall of fame established in 1955 to "preserve the record of Canadian sports achievements and to promote a greater awareness of Canada's heritage of sport."[1] It is located at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta. There are 529 honoured members of the hall.

History[edit]

glass lobby with several columns in front holding a roof to shelter the doorway, with a tile mosaic of sports figures inside the lobby
The lobby and partial facade of one entrance to the hall was preserved as an entrance to BMO Field.

The Hall, first known as the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, was founded in 1955 through the efforts of Harry I. Price, a former assistant athletics commissioner of Ontario.[1] It was first housed in the Stanley Barracks, located in Toronto on the grounds of Exhibition Place. It moved in 1961 to a wing of a new building shared with the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Hockey Hall of Fame moved out in 1993, leaving the building to the Sports Hall of Fame. Without the Hockey Hall of Fame, attendance declined and the Sports Hall made plans to move to Ottawa. The move to Ottawa never took place, because the venues promised for the Hall by the federal government were allocated for other uses, and the move eventually was cancelled.

In 2006, the Hall of Fame building was demolished to make way for BMO Field and the collection moved to the Stanley Barracks in preparation for an opening in some new location. One facade, which incorporated a tile mosaic, was incorporated into the BMO Field structure. Nine cities across the country bid for the right to host the new hall, and in 2008, a proposed site at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary was chosen.[2] The new facility opened on Canada Day, July 1, 2011. It has 11 galleries and numerous interactive displays.[3]

Previous Homes of the CSHOF[edit]

Inductees[edit]

As of 2010, there were 514 honoured members. Six people will be inducted into the hall as part of its 2011 class:[3]

On October 17, 2012, the 2012 class of inductees were:[4]

On October 16, 2013, the 2013 class of inductees were:

On October 22, 2014, the 2014 class of inductees were:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Canadian Encyclopedia
  2. ^ "Calgary to be the new home for Canada's Sports Hall of Fame". The Sports Network. 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  3. ^ a b Hall, Vicki (2011-05-20). "Sports history lives in Calgary". Calgary Herald. p. A17. 
  4. ^ 2012 Induction
  5. ^ "Newsroom". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 

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