Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
If you love basketball and are looking for a fun way to spend a day, look no further than Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Located in the heart of Springfield, the birthplace of basketball, the Hall of Fame is hoops heaven for superfans. Adults and children alike can enjoy a learning experience that allows them to get in on the action through interactive exhibits. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opened its doors in 1968, welcoming fans of the sport to learn how it all began.
According to Basketball Hall of Fame Historian Matt L. Zeysing, the Hall had humble beginnings.. "The first manifestation of the Basketball Hall of Fame occupied a small piece of real estate on the campus of Springfield College, just a mid-range jump shot from where the game was first played on December 21, 1891." he said. That was the day James Naismith, a physical education teacher, introduced his class of 18 young men at the YMCA International Training School in Springfield to the game that would become a global phenomenon. The original Basketball Hall of Fame opened its doors to the public on February 17, 1968 on the Springfield College campus.
When the Hall outgrew that space, a larger hall opened in 1985 with much fanfare. According to Zeysing, the Basketball Hall of Fame was the first to recognize the contributions women have made to the game. Once again, less than 20 years later, its popularity demanded a larger space and in 2002 the iconic lighted basketball shaped dome that houses the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today opened on the banks of the Connecticut River. Zeysing said the Hall is about to get another overhaul for its 50th birthday.
The new and improved Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will offer visitors more to enjoy as the Hall readies for its net 50 years. Whether you're a super-fan or just enjoy history and shooting hoops on occasion, the Basketball Hall of Fame is a must-see for visitors. Learn how the game was invented, watch highlights of some of the greatest games ever played and walk where hundreds of Hall of Famers have been honored. From Larry Bird and Magic Johnson to Katie Smith, professional and college players alike have been honored at the annual Enshrinement ceremony.
"On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary, we look back as the greatest shrine to the greatest game fulfills its steadfast promise to be the world's finest sports museum, states hoophall.com. The Hall of Fame hosts special events throughout the year, including Enshrinement and 60 consecutive days of family-oriented interactive museum programming including signings, magicians, trick dribblers and jugglers, mascot days, giveaway days, and much more.