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More details revealed about Houston Sports Hall of Fame

By   – Web producer, Houston Business Journal

The Houston Sports Hall of Fame is coming soon to the Bayou City. 

Harris County Houston Sports Authority, in partnership with local firms Midway Cos. and Lionstone Investments, announced that the groundbreaking for the first phase of the hall of fame is expected to be held in summer 2018. 

This first phase, dubbed the "Walk of Fame," will start at the House of Blues, at 1204 Caroline St., and continue throughout GreenStreet, a mixed-use property that Midway owns in downtown Houston, according to a press release. Future phases will include LED video displays, interactive exhibits and an interior space. Neither a timeline nor specific locations were provided in the release for these upcoming phases.

The first exhibit will be 8-foot paintings of Earl CampbellHakeem Olajuwonand Nolan Ryan — the inaugural class for the hall of fame — by sports artist Opie Otterstad, per the release. Campbell is a former Houston Oilers running back, Olajuwon is a former Houston Rockets player, and Ryan is a former pitcher with the Houston Astros.

The paintings were unveiled at the Feb. 8 Houston Sports Awards event, when the Houston Sports Authority first made the announcement that it would build the hall of fame. 

"This is something all of Houston will celebrate and is long overdue," Janis Burke, CEO of Houston Sports Authority, said in the release. "So many great athletes have come from here and have played here, and to celebrate and honor them with a Hall of Fame is something bigger than all of us and will outlast us all."