Basketball Hall of Fame to undergo major renovations

Hall hoping to raise $25 million to fund improvements

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Basketball Hall of Fame will soon look a lot different than it does right now. They have raised $25 million to renovate the entire museum, from the inside out.

Basketball Hall of Fame CEO John Doleva met with city leaders Wednesday, to announce that the MassMutual Foundation has donated $1 million toward the renovations.

Construction will take place in two parts. It will start in 2018, and begin again in 2020. The new design will include a virtual reality experience, a player’s locker room, and a new ultra-high definition theater.

Doleva told 22News that the goal is to modernize the 15-year-old building, to make sure it continues attracting visitors.

“The whole museum is going to change, we’re going to do the lobby, the theater, everything under the dome. The outside dome is going to change, everything is going to change,” Doleva said.

The dome will shut down temporarily, while they renovate it in 2020. All of the renovations are expected to be finished in May of that year.