Fresh off the heels of the Eagles’ first Super Bowl win, Philly is now in store for an $8 million Museum of Sports.
Plans for the museum were announced on Wednesday, calling for a 25,000-square-foot facility at the Jetro warehouse at 700 Pattison Avenue in South Philly, near all of the sports stadiums. The museum is eyeing a spring 2019 opening.
The non-profit team that’s organizing fundraising efforts—former Governor Ed Rendell, sports executive Lou Scheinfeld, sports collector Dr. Nicholas DePace, and Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions—tapped local architecture firm EwingCole to design the museum. EwingCole also designed the Phillies’ stadium, Citizens Bank Park.
Within the 25,000-square-foot museum, there will be interactive displays, a theater, and a gift shop—a thousands of sports memorabilia. Much of the items on display will be from DePace’s own collection, which includes everything from the trunks worn by Joe Frazier in his fight against Muhammad Ali in 1971 to Jackie Robinson’s jerseys.
The non-profit has raised $2 million so far.