Philadelphia could be home to a new sports museum/entertainment complex sometime in the next two years.
Fundraising is underway on what would be a three-story, 35,000-square foot facility that will include one of the country’s top private collections of sports memorabilia as the centerpiece.
Nick DePace, a cardiologist from South Jersey, opened his own museum last year but would donate and/or loan his collection to the new project, which would be not only much larger but a potential tourist attraction. DePace’s collection is valued at about $40 million.
The Museum of Sports would be located near Philly’s major sports stadiums, hopefully attracting fans during game days but year-round as well, with athlete appearances and other events.
Lou Scheinfeld, a former executive with the Philadelphia Flyers, is spearheading the project. He says it won’t just be a dusty hall but full of interactive attractions that would attract younger visitors.
“The sports arcade is going to be like a Dave & Busters on steroids — high tech virtual reality,” Scheinfeld told CSN Philadelphia.
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