Based on the record-breaking success of the Bills 50th Anniversary at the BECHS and the Sabres 40th Anniversary celebrations, the demand is clear – Western New Yorkers and Southern Ontarians want their sports. The memorabilia connects them with the moments, memories and each other!
The “Museum Challenge”
As educational and valuable as museums are to the community, they typically, like most culturals (galleries, theaters and others) fail to achieve and sustain enough revenue from admissions and retails sales to become independent from NYS and other agency funding. If culturals could entertain as well as educate they would be more effective.
The “Buffalo Bar” Challenge
As fun and friendly as bars go in WNY, frankly there are statistically enough of them already. Even well-known establishments that have been here for generations struggle to sustain business as tastes and wants change. The risks of opening a new, additional waterfront entity can be preventive until popularity of the venue grows. The conventional bar is too risky. Development waits.
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The Fandemoneum Opportunity
By combining the educational and entertainment value of WNY Sports History and Heritage and memorabilia with all the fun and excitement of a good bar with simple, quality food and drink, reminiscent of the Buffalo Corner Taverns of the early and mid 20th Century (throw- back) era, you boost interest, participation and revenue.
If Canalside could move a corner tavern like Scharfs or Schwabls or a Polish tavern adjacent to the Broadway market down to the waterfront, they would. Fandemoneum takes a dormant bar and all it’s incredible nuances of a by-gone era and gives them new life, combining them with the sights and sounds of the Rockpile, the Aud and other moments!
The Fandemoneum Solution
Fandemoneum re-creates a Buffalo street corner, with an Aud on one corner, a Rockpile on another, a corner tavern and a tailgate party. Fandemoneum presents thousands of artifacts that come right from the cellars and attics of Bills, Sabres, Bisons and Braves fans. It’s somewhere between 1950 and 1970 when the average visitor was just a kid. It moves the Dad or Grandfather to tell tales of what it was like back in the good old days.
Fandemoneum connects the visitor, regardless of race, religion, sex, fitness level or sport-loved to connect with the moments and memories. Fandemoneum also connects the visitor with each other, inspiring people to open up to each other in a shared experience, like the Comeback Game, Wide Right or No Goal.
Fandemoneum achieves what no museum can, by providing the experience you want to have instead of what some Executive Director wanted you to have. You decide, if at all, to indulge in the memorabilia or not. Fandemoneum compliments Canalside, First Niagara Arena and other events like concerts, games and festivals. Fandemoneum helps connect the waterfront to downtown and Main Street, but it doesn’t ask the waterfront visitor to travel far to enjoy it.
Finally, Fandemoneum changes as time goes by. There is so much memorabilia in WNY and Southern Ontario to enjoy that it’ s almost 1,000 square feet of displayed material will rotate from one them to another, from one sport or one person or team to another as months go by, so it’s never quite the same experience as you return over and over. It never gets tired.
The highlight of Fandemoneum includes a real corner tavern, re-constructed from an older, abandoned classic as well as an actual 1970s Chevrolet with complete tailgating accessories and details with two fan caricatures. With creative use of audio and video combined with moving music, Fandemoneum takes you back to those times we all remember and sends shivers up your spine in the process. There are over ten thousand hours of vintage, classic audio and broadcasting footage to choose from.
Secrets to Success
Keep It Simple – menu, technology, system Leadership – 28 Years Operational Excellence Strategy – Measurable Objectives Fan-Focus – It’s About Them (YOU!) Workforce Focus – Happy & Productive Measures & Performance – to improve with time ROI – because that’s why we’re in business Results & Alignment with Benderson, Buffalo, Erie County, NYS & ESD Goals,
Join Team Fandemoneum – email Mike at michaellovesbuffalo@gmail or call Mike at 716 517 7957!
WE NEED YOUR MEMORABILIA!