Ottawa – Ottawa’s sports greats are once again proudly on display with the official opening of the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame at its new downtown location.

“I am honoured to officially open the new home of the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame right here inside the historic Heritage Building at City Hall,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This space will preserve and showcase the tremendous achievements of our athletes for over more than 100 years and attract residents and tourists alike to share the proud history of Ottawa’s greats.”

Mayor Watson was joined by inductees of the Hall of Fame, community sports leaders, and representatives from the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame and the Ottawa Sports Awards at the official opening event.

“We are rich in sports history and deep in sports talent – it lays the foundation of who we are as a city and how we act as a community,” said Mike Flanagan, Chair of the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame board.

In addition to the 243 plaques of all the hall of fame inductees, the new site includes the memorabilia from local sports legends such as former Rough Rider Russ Jackson and New York Islanders Denis Potvin. Visitors will also see enlarged photos of various sports teams from the late 1800s and early 1900s that illustrate the evolution of sports over the years.

“The Ottawa Sports Awards, now in its 59th year of celebrating the best amateur athletes in Ottawa is pleased to join with the Mayor and the Hall of Fame in welcoming all of Ottawa to the new display site,” said Bob Wilson, a Director with the Ottawa Sports Awards. “The Ottawa Sports Awards is one of the largest amateur athlete recognition events in Canada and we are pleased to see so many of our winners recognized here for their excellence.”

The Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame is located on the first floor of the Heritage Building. It is open to the public Monday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Background

The Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame was officially established in 1968, to preserve the history and development of sports in the City of Ottawa. It recognizes persons and teams that by their achievements in, or contributions to, any field of sport or athletic endeavour have brought special fame to the City of Ottawa.

Its first home was the upper concourse of the newly completed Civic Centre. In 2005, it was relocated to the second level concourse at Scotiabank Place.