Basketball Hall of Fame to close for nearly 2 months for renovations

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is closing to the public for nearly two months beginning in early February for the final phase of a $23 million renovation project.

The interactive Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams will be fully redeveloped during the closure.

In addition, the second floor will undergo a full transformation, the Hall said in a statement this week.

The renovation includes the refurbishment of the Hall's dome, the addition of new technology and visitor experiences, a fully redesigned "High Above Center Court" experience and a new Honors Ring.

The renovations are privately funded and are expected to be completed by June 1. The Hall of Fame will be closed to visitors from Feb. 3 to March 25.

Springfield is a city in western Massachusetts near the Connecticut state line where James Naismith invented basketball in 1891.