Hall needs a new home

DEAN McNULTY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:21 AM ET

The Canadian Sports Hall of Fame will induct seven new members tonight, but it will be tomorrow before those seven will know if they'll have a hall to get into.

The Hall of Fame board of directors, headed by Trevor Eyton, will meet then to discuss whether to move ahead with an offer from Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment to be part of its planned soccer stadium project or look to another site for its future home.

The existing Sports Hall of Fame will be torn down to make way for the soccer stadium and it has only until the end of January, 2006, before it is forced to move out.

Yesterday the hall's curator, Sheryn Posen, said that MLSE has offered 21,000 square feet of space to house the hall, but it has some catches.

"We are not looking a gift horse in the mouth," Posen said of reports yesterday that the Hall was miffed at the MLSE offer.

"Absolutely we want to meet with MLSE. We are not shying away from this opportunity by any means.

"It's just that we want to evaluate all of our options."

First up for Posen is getting the board to approve an interim site where the Hall can move until a decision on a permanent home is made.

"We have a couple of options for interim sites," she said.

Posen said that once that deal is done she looks forward to studying the MLSE offer along with others.

"If we want to exercise our option (with MLSE) there is 21,000 square feet available to us," she said. "But I have not met with MLSE to see what it looks like. We'd have to review all of that."

Posen said that it must be understood that the MLSE offer does have its drawbacks.

"It is not a gift," she said. "It's basically a site that we would have to set up. We want to make sure we have the right location and the right design."


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