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Mike Harrington's Power Take: The Buffalo Experience would be more than just a sports museum

Feedback was fierce after last week's call from this space wondering why we don't have a Buffalo sports museum. Good news rolled in: I'm far from alone.

Business leaders and politicos have been working for 6-7 years to help forge The Buffalo Experience -- a collaboration of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, the Buffalo Broadcasters Association and the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. There's a detailed website at BfloExperience.org, a preview center with exhibits may be coming soon in Ellicott Square and then comes the heavy push for a brick-and-mortar tourist attraction downtown.

"We try to stay away from the word 'museum'. We want it to be an interactive experience," said Therese Forton-Barnes, the group's vice president. "It's not just artifacts. You'll be able to participate."

Buffalo-based Hadley Exhibits, with a voluminous portfolios of displays at places like the Baseball Hall of Fame and the 9/11 Museum, is on board. Former Channel 7 general manager Phil Beuth has been a key benefactor.

"Our vision for this," Forton said, "is it's the place you want any tourist to come before you go any place in Buffalo because you will learn so much about our wonderful city."

Amen. Let's get this done.

Mike Harrington's Power Take: How does Buffalo not have a sports museum?

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