The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that the new Cross Insurance Center will serve as its permanent home and will induct its first class this summer."Basketball is so important in Maine. We want to remember to celebrate our past and to share it with those who are making history now. The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame will do that." said Steve Pound, chair of the Board of Directors.

Permanent display cases will be located on the east end of the arena that will hold memorabilia. A historical timeline, interactive videos and other displays will be part of the attraction.

It was also announced that a ceremony to induct the hall's first class will take place on August 21st. The class will include players, coaches, a team and contributor. Former Penquis boys coach Tony Hamlin chairs the induction committee made up of individuals from around the state with deep roots in the Maine basketball.

More information can be found by visiting the Hall of Fame website.

Below are photos from Wednesday's press conference.

Board of Directors Chair Steve Pound


Digital display in the arena


Bangor Mayor Ben Sprague addresses the media
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Memorabilia that will be on display


Committee member Tony Hamlin talks about the induction ceremonies


Historical tournament programs and photos


Emily Ellis, a member of the Board of Directors speaks at the press conference
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Hall of Fame memorabilia


Display on the arena scoreboard


Board of Directors Chair Steve Pound makes the announcement
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