Canadian Football Hall of Fame

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Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum
CFL Hamilton.JPG
Established 1972
Location Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Type Canadian football museum
Director Mark DeNobile
Curator Meghan Sturgeon Archer
Touchdown sculpture.

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame 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. It includes displays about the Canadian Football League, Canadian university football and Canadian junior football history.[1]

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 Canadian Football League 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]


The Canadian 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 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 this 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]


The old Canadian Hall of Fame building is easily identified by the slightly-larger-than-life metal sculpture Touchdown, featuring a successful receiver being tackled. As of the 2016 class, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame has honoured 283 players and builders.[5][6] Charter membership to the Hall began on June 19, 1963. The Hall of Fame also has a Football Reporters of Canada wing dedicated to reporters.

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame's old museum building is currently closed to the public as it transitions from a stand-alone facility. A permanent display will be opened at Tim Hortons Field, accessible during Hamilton Tiger-Cats home games, and other times the stadium is open to the public. The CFHOF is also building travelling displays for different CFL team home fields, the Grey Cup, and other events.[7]

Canadian Football Hall of Famers

* denotes deceased













Ron Lancaster,
Canadian Football Hall of Fame














Football Reporters of Canada wing

There is also a wing of the Hall of Fame dedicated to reporters.



See also


  1. ^ The Canadian Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Canadian Football Hall of Fame Nomination Form, April 12, 2010
  3. ^ Canadian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, 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. ^ "CFHOF REVEALS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2016". November 27, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ Canadian Football Hall of Fame website. Retrieved 7 Jan 2007.
  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.

External links

  • Official website
  • Media related to Canadian Football Hall of Fame at Wikimedia Commons

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