UPDATE (Aug. 4) - Bruce and Judy Rubin laid the first brick in the Blues Hall of Fame Plaza on Tuesday morning.
ST. LOUIS - For years, the statues of Al MacInnis
, Bernie Federko
and Brett Hull
have had the corner of 14th and Clark Avenue all to themselves.
That’s about to change.
By late August, the Blues legends will be joined by more than 3,000 commemorative bricks engraved with messages, memories and the names of some of the Blues’ most dedicated fans.
Construction on the new Blues Hall of Fame Plaza began July 15. The project is expected to be completed by late August.
“The St. Louis fan base is, I think, one of the most passionate fan bases in all of the National Hockey League,” said Steve Chapman, the Blues’ Group VP of Brand, Community and Partnership Development. “Their passion for the Blues and their love for the city of St. Louis itself - it’s unrivaled around the nation. The Blues Hall of Fame Plaza honors and represents that passion.
“I think it’s a great tribute to the fans of the Blues.”
Construction is officially underway on the project, which began in November 2014 when bricks first went on sale at stlouisblues.com. Bricks started as low as $165 and all fans that purchased also received a replica brick.
Sales ended in May.
Clayco workers began construction Tuesday and expect to wrap up by late August. The official unveiling will be held later this summer.
Chapman said he’s looking forward to seeing the finished result.
“I think it must be quite an honor for any fan to come and see their name immortalized next to the Blues all-time greats,” he said. “I envision generations of fans coming and seeing their names as they enter the building to watch the Blues play, and what a cool feeling that must be.”
Fans who purchased bricks can share the story behind their engraving by uploading a photo or video by clicking here. Winning entries will be selected to receive tickets to a game, a visit to the Blues Alumni Suite or a VIP Experience for the unveiling ceremony.
Check back throughout the next month for updates on the construction progress and more details on the unveiling.