Canadian Football Hall of Fame

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Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum
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Canadian Football Hall of Fame
Established1972
Location Tim Hortons Field
64 Melrose Avenue North, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Type Canadian football museum
DirectorMark DeNobile
CuratorMeghan Sturgeon Archer
Website www.cfhof.ca

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame (CFHOF) is a not-for-profit corporation, located in Hamilton, Ontario, that celebrates great achievements in Canadian football. It is maintained by the Canadian Football League (CFL). It includes displays about the CFL, Canadian university football and Canadian junior football history. [1]

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The Hall previously had a main feature in the central portion of the museum where inducted members, each with a metal bust depicting their head, were displayed prior to the physical building being closed. There were also featured displays that highlight each CFL team's history, and an interactive Field goal kicking exhibit. The CFHOF is currently changing to a de-centralized model, which does not included a main museum building (see "Today" below).

Once during every CFL season, the Hall sponsors the induction ceremony of former players. Included in the "Hall of Fame Weekend" is a regular season game, usually (but not always) affiliated with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Traditionally, the inducted players will come to the Hall and make an acceptance speech in front of the building where their newly sculpted bust is unveiled. A player must be retired from the game for at least three years before being eligible for consideration. [2] A Hall of Fame voting committee is composed of sports writers, selected CFL executives and inducted members. [3]

History

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame officially opened on November 28, 1972. It is located in downtown Hamilton, beside the former Hamilton City Hall and Family Courts Building, which is inside the former Andrew Carnegie library on Main Street, between Bay Street and MacNab Street. The Canadian Football Hall of Fame was awarded to the City of Hamilton in June 1963 following the invitation of Mayor Lloyd Douglas Jackson. The Hamilton Parks Board offered a space near Civic Stadium. Ivan Miller, former sports editor of The Spectator, was named the first curator. Soon after, the Board of Education purchased the land and building. The Hall moved to its new location in 1972 and closed on September 19, 2015. In 2015, responsibility for the museum moved from the City of Hamilton to the CFL. [4]

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Touchdown sculpture was located outside the Hall of Fame until 2018

The old Canadian Football Hall of Fame building was easily identified by the slightly-larger-than-life metal sculpture Touchdown, featuring a successful receiver being tackled. The sculpture has since been moved to Tim Hortons Field Gate 3. [5] Tim Hortons Field also has 3 display areas - the Grey Cup display at Gate 3, the Media Hall of Fame Wing in the press box area, and the main display area in the premium level concourse. The main display area will feature all 296 busts (as of March 2018) and rotating displays of various artifacts. The displays are accessible during Hamilton Tiger-Cats home games (club level display open to all ticket holders 15 minutes after the end of the game), as well as Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings to the public at no charge. [6] The CFHOF also has travelling displays for different CFL team home fields, the Grey Cup, and other events. [7]

Canadian Football Hall of Famers


* denotes deceased

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Grover Covington

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Rocky DiPietro

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Hugh Gall
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Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey

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Ron Lancaster,
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Ron Lancaster,
Canadian Football Hall of Fame

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Hal Patterson

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Piffles Taylor

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Football reporters of Canada

In addition to builders of the sport, and players, the Hall of Fame also has a section dedicated towards broadcasters and reporters of the sport.

Inductees

See also

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References

  1. "Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum". The Canadian Encyclopedia
  2. Canadian Football Hall of Fame Nomination Form, April 12, 2010
  3. Canadian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee Archived 2017-02-14 at the Wayback Machine , Accessed February 2011
  4. Urciuoli, Anthony (July 10, 2015). "Canadian Football Hall of Fame will relocate in 2016". AM900 CHML | Hamilton News. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  5. "CANADIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM TO OFFICIALLY RELAUNCH ON CLUB LEVEL AT TIM HORTONS FIELD IN 2018 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats". ticats.ca. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  6. "CANADIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM TO OFFICIALLY RELAUNCH ON CLUB LEVEL AT TIM HORTONS FIELD IN 2018 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats". ticats.ca. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  7. "Canadian Football Hall of Fame closes for the last time Saturday". The Hamilton Spectator. 2015-09-18. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  8. Ken Preston, 73, managed Saskatchewan Roughriders: [City Edition] Kitchener - Waterloo Record [Kitchener, Ont] 06 Aug 1991: A10.

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