DAMARISCOTTA, MAINE — The First has contributed $25,000 to the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame as the founding sponsor of the new hall, which will be housed in the new Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, bank president and CEO Daniel R. Daigneault announced in a news release Friday.
Plans are underway to create an interactive display at the new Hall that will record the history of Maine’s high school, collegiate and town team/semi-pro basketball. It will also identify and recognize the outstanding teams, players, coaches, officials, athletic administrators, media members and other organizations and people who have made a significant contribution to basketball in the state.
“We are thrilled to be an integral partner in this historic effort to create a hall of fame space,” Daigneault said in the release. “The state’s rich basketball heritage deserves a home and what better place than in Bangor. Our commitment to the greater Bangor area continues to grow, and we are delighted to be the founding sponsor of the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame.”
WBRC Architects and Engineers of Bangor has been hired to create the overall design concept of the Hall, located on the CIC’s concourse level.
Steve Pound, the Hall’s chairman, explained, “The Hall of Fame will display memorabilia and artifacts in custom cabinetry cases, and large, digital flat screens will allow the public to view and access information on anything Maine basketball. Anyone who has ever played, coached, officiated or supported the game of basketball will find many ways to engage themselves during their visits.”
In addition to housing a permanent collection of Maine basketball memorabilia, the Hall will feature rotating exhibits from every corner of the state.
The First, the third-largest Maine-based bank in the state, has banking and investment management offices in 15 communities along the coast and in Bangor.