PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- Last call for anyone wanting to visit the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame at its Portsmouth location. Friday is its final day at 206 High Street.
The future of the museum now lies across the Elizabeth River. Soon, this 12-year-old, $12 million building on High Street will be empty. All of its memorabilia will be packed up, and sent to Virginia Beach Town Center.
Instead of one centralized building, it will be exhibits scattered throughout the central business district. The new concept will include a self-guided walking tour through the exhibits, via a mobile app.
Joel Rubin, the chairman for the Hall of Fame, says the plan is to open before the end of the year.
"This is the new business model," Rubin said. "We cannot afford to operate out of one building anymore and expect people to come and give us admission fees. But, we want to be close to where the population is, and the right kind of population. They have great demographics over there at Town Center."
This also means the induction ceremonies that took place at the Renaissance Hotel will be moving. The new venue, the larger Sandler Center, is also in Town Center.
The City of Portsmouth owns the building where the Hall of Fame is currently housed, and they're now trying to figure out what to do with it, in an area already struggling to attract visitors.