The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame (NSSHF) will have a brand-new Hall of Fame facility in a familiar old location.
After closing its previous home adjacent to the Scotiabank Centre in fall 2020, the NSSHF has negotiated a new lease with landlord Armco Capital, and will return to its old location after undertaking significant renovations to build a bigger and better Hall of Fame museum.
“There were many great potential sites around the province, but we kept coming back to the idea that it is an amazing bonus to be attached to the province’s major arena,” says NSSHF President & CEO Bruce Rainnie. “We realized that the location was ideal for the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, so we went back to the landlord and found a way to make it work.”
Renovations are beginning now, and will include an approximate 30 per cent increase in square footage. The NSSHF redesign will allow for many improvements including three key features:
- The bigger museum area will provide more display space and better recognition of NSSHF inductees
- The facility will be fully accessible with an improved entrance for those with special mobility needs
- The NSSHF will be able to bring its entire collection of more than 8,000 artifacts onsite for optimal conservation and preservation of Nova Scotia’s sport heritage
Prior to closing in 2020, the NSSHF had occupied the location at Scotiabank Centre since 2006, operating a free-admission museum year-round and welcoming more than 70,000 visitors annually.
The NSSHF is proud to say that the new facility is being designed by a Nova Scotian architecture firm (Harvey Architecture) and built by a Nova Scotian construction company (RCS Construction). Preliminary drawings have been provided by Harvey Architecture, and renderings of exhibit design have been created by International Sports Heritage Association member CambridgeSeven.
The project, including exhibit installation, is expected to be complete within 2023. While the Hall of Fame facility is closed for this exciting project, the NSSHF will continue to offer its free education program, its annual selection process and Induction Night, research assistance and more. Read the full media release here: https://nsshf.com/recent-media-releases/