Elizabethtown church to be converted into Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame
The city of Elizabethtown deeded the building near the State Theater and City Hall to the new Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame. The groundbreaking was held on Tuesday.
City officials hope the Hall of Fame's interactive exhibits will increase tourism in Elizabethtown.
One hundred coaches and players will be inducted by 2018, just in time for the 100th anniversary of high school basketball in Kentucky.
"Well it was not lost upon us that some people do think that basketball is a religion in Kentucky, so it seemed fitting to maybe tie a church into it," said Billy Reed of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame. "We certainly don't mean to be sacrilegious, but at the same time, we think it will tell people just a little bit about how important this is to us."
Officials say the project will be done in two phases. Phase One involves getting the current church building ready. They hope to have that phase complete -- and the building open -- by 2018.
Phase Two will be an expansion of the building, which they hope to have completed by 2020.
They're still raising money to renovate the inside of the building.