The Canadian Football Hall of Fame was awarded to Hamilton in February 1963 after a successful presentation by Mayor Lloyd D. Jackson. The Parks Board made available a large, old residence near the stadium where the soon to be gathered football treasures could be temporarily housed. Ivan Miller, retired sports editor of The Spectator, was named the first curator.
After being open only a few months, during which time football memorabilia was being received from all over the country, the land and building were sold to the Board of Education. The collection of artifacts were stored away in a safe location as the building was torn down, and a new secondary school built. Over the next seven years many new locations for the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum were considered.
With both the City of Hamilton and the Canadian Football League involved in Choosing the new site, reaching an agreement was a formidable task. While discussions continued, and the cost of the project escalated, other cities placed bids to become home to the national shrine.