PONTIAC, Ill. (HOI) — It looks like the Basketball Museum of Illinois won’t be coming to Pontiac.
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and museum decided to end their pursuit of a basketball museum in Pontiac. The museum had struggled to raise the $5 million in funds necessary to open in a former K-Mart in Pontiac.
“This was a difficult business decision. I am optimistic that we will have a basketball museum in Illinois,” said IBCA Museum Chairman Bruce Firchau.
Plans for the Pontiac museum included a sixty-seat theater, galleries, and a Basketball Hall of Fame. The IBCA had hoped to open the museum in 2018.
The ICBA and Basketball Museum of Illinois said they will take the upcoming months to search for new development and fundraising opportunities for a museum.
Pontiac has become a hub for museums in recent months, hosting a Route 66 Museum, car museum, war museum and more.