For years there has been a lot of talk about a Bass Pro store being built as part of Buffalo's new inner harbor, but very little talk about specific names of other places that will also be built as part of Canalside. That's starting to change. A local group has submitted a proposal to build a 32,000 square foot sports museum at a cost of approximately $10-15 million.
The museum would be called "Fandemoneum". That's the word made famous by the "voice of the Bills" Van Miller when he used it years ago to describe the scenes following some of the biggest wins in team history. "It (Fandemoneum) represents that getting caught up in the moment and the enthusiasm of being a fan in those cherished moments," explains Michael R. Weekes, co-founder of Fandemoneum.
The idea for a permanent museum celebrating sports moments grew from the successful Buffalo Bills 50th anniversary exhibit earlier this year at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. The Fandemoneum museum would go beyond the Bills and celebrate all the region's pro and amateur sports.
"Everyone we've talked with has either said, 'I'm surprised that doesn't exist already', or 'Where will it be?'," says Weekes.
The top choice for "where will it be?" is Buffalo's Canalside. The Canalside development plan has 100,000 square feet set aside for cultural entities such as Fandemoneum. Some local businessmen are on board with the Fandemoneum idea and the group recently made a pitch to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation that painted the picture of a museum that fits in with Bass Pro and other stores and restaurants envisioned for Canalside.
For now, Fandemoneum is still in the fundraising and planning stages and the founders want fans to be a part of that. "Let us know through our facebook fan page and Fandemoneum.com what you'd like to see at the museum and what moments and memories mean the most to you that you'd like to see at Fandemoneum," says Weekes to the public.
To submit your ideas or learn more about the Fandemoneum project, go to: www.fandemoneum.com