Basketball Hall of Fame temporarily closes for renovations

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Massachusetts is closing to the public for nearly two months in early February for the final phase of a $23 million renovation project.

The Springfield facility’s interactive Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams will be fully redeveloped during the closure.

In addition, the second floor will be deconstructed for a full transformation, the Hall of Fame said in a statement this week.

The renovation includes the refurbishment of the hall’s dome, the addition of new technology and visitor experiences, a fully redesigned “High Above Center Court” experience and a new Honors Ring.

The renovations are privately funded and are expected to be fully completed by June 1. Many of the contractors hired for the project are from the region.

The Hall of Fame will be closed to visitors from Feb. 3 until March 25.

Springfield is a city near the Connecticut state line where Naismith invented basketball in 1891.

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