There is a new advancement being made in Buffalo that will position the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame together under one roof. For years, all of these Buffalo institutions have been looking for a permanent place to call home. Now, there is a concerted effort in place to make that happen.
The Buffalo Niagara Hall of Fame (BNHF) will appeal to a broad range of people, including sports fanatics, history buffs and music lovers. Through interactive, hands-on experiential programming, countless stories can be told regarding the people who have helped to mold this city’s image over the years. The family-friendly experience will add to a number of other attractions that are popping up in Downtown Buffalo.
Currently there are a number of facilitators behind this museum project that are all working towards a greater goal, to provide a shared space where all three groups can work together. All three groups have been looking, in some shape or form, for a place to call home, where they can display their exhibits, host talks, provide tours, and share videos and sound clips. There are thousands of stories that few of us have heard before, just waiting to be told. The project intends to preserve our past, so that future generations will come to know the people, the players, and the teams that did their part to make Buffalo proud.
“It’s going to be an exciting, interactive experience where visitors could spend 3-4 hours to see everything,” said Therese Forton-Barnes, the group’s spokesperson and President of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. “It will be a year-round facility with changing interactive exhibits that will include today’s history in the making. It will be a perfect facility for meetings and events.
“One of the things I love most about this project is the collaboration of the three hall of fames. We all are very passionate about our entities and we share common goals. We all believe the history of sports, music, and broadcasting is so important to WNY that this facility will be a celebration of ‘Buffalo’, and showcase our fabulous city off to the rest of the world. Our passion for Buffalo and for music, sports, and broadcasting will be infectious and will give us all more reasons to be proud of our community.
“We have the collections for the music, sports and entertainment fields. We have the people in our collaborating organizations who are experts. Our organizations have made the commitment to make this happen and we are ready to enter the next phase, so let’s build it!”
A Kickstarter campaign has already been launched, in order to raise money to hire an executive director who will oversee the project moving forward.
The Buffalo Niagara Hall of Fame has a four-fold objective:
• To give our community a world-class tourist destination, focused on Buffalo’s rich heritage in sports, music, broadcasting and entertainment.
• To be a year-round destination with educational value bringing school buses, senior tours, families, fans and tourists from across the region, country and Canada.
• To create a facility where each organizations Hall of Fame honorees would be featured in entertaining, educational and interactive state-of-the art displays.
• To house interactive exhibits, engaging galleries, a theater, a research area, educational and conference and event space within a proposed 20,000-50,000 sq. ft. facility.