Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

Canada's Sports Hall Of Fame

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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." It is located at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta. There are 514 honoured members of the hall, with six more to be added for the 2011 class.

History

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. It was first housed in the Stanley Barracks, located in Toronto on the grounds of Exhibition Place. It moved in 1961 to a new wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame building. 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. 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...
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