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“Feels modern, plenty to look at”

Basketball Hall of Fame
Ranked #5 of 41 things to do in Springfield
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Owner description: Located in the town where basketball was invented, this 48,000-square-foot museum has three levels of exhibits on the history and heroes of the game and gives visitors a chance to participate in skill contests.
Reviewed August 18, 2018

Our 15 year-old grandson requested a trip here, and I was just tagging along, not being much of a basketball fan. But the museum was modern and nice and had plenty to look at and admire: how the sport was invented, by whom, when, why, and how its popularity spread. There's a nod to modern times, with a sky box to sit in, and two desks at which to pretend you're a TV sports reader or a play-by-play announcer. Best of all (for our 15 year-old) was the chance to shoot hoops on Center Court for as long as he wanted (no games, no cross-court shots). He loved it. And in July and August, they have a program at mid-day every day. On our visit, a Hall of Fame member came in for an interview and book signing. Nice treat - you don't get to see that at home.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Karen L
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Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

Our visit to the Basketball Hall of Fame was very informative, fun, and entertaining. Even one of my kids who lamented going stated on his way out the door how much he enjoyed it even though he dreaded going initially.

Gives you a detailed perspective of the game of from its inception through the years from multiple lenses and scopes.

Talks about the barn storming circuit Touches on diversity and the impacts of integration. Has a few hands on things to do and a floor where all can show off their skills

It’s a great time.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Daniel W
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Reviewed August 11, 2018

Been On My List For Awhile. We Decided To Ride The Motorcycle There. It Was A 3 Hour Ride. Toured the BB Hall Of Fame. it Was Really Nice. You Take An Elevator to the Top And Walk All Around & Down To The Next To Floors. On The Bottom, We Got To Use Basketballs & Shoot Hoops. Pretty Kewl Place. I will Share A few Pics.There is a garage on site with free parking.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Dibird50
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Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

Brought our 10 year old granddaughter who along with us is a HUGE UCONN WOMEN’S Basketball fan! Enjoyed the 3rd floor with all the enducties to the Hall of fame proudly displayed. Had a great time with the many hands on areas, shooting hoops with a virtual player, sportscasting from the ESPN desk, etc. Even ate lunch at the Subway on the ground floor. Well worth the 2-3 hours spent there.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank sandy0714
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

Took my wife and 13 year old son for a visit. Went to the information desk to purchase tickets and they were very friendly. If you have AAA, you save a couple of dollars on tickets. After purchasing tickets, they send you over towards a green screen, where you can get a photo op before heading into the museum. They brought us to the elevator, which brought us up to the top floor of the museum.

On the top floor is pictures and names of inductees. It gives brief history or the player or coach. There is also a timeline of the sport, showing rules being introduced, types of backboards, types of netting. If you want to read about every inductee, it would certainly take you a very long time for this. There is also a jumbo screen in the middle that shows clips of memorable game highlights that is on a constant reel.

When you go down to the second floor, there are rooms that have the history of the sport from uniforms, equipment and even the different leagues that were formed. Also on the floor is a player history and they have some interactive areas, where you can test your vertical leap, wing span, rebounding height and you can also see if you can grip certain circumference basketballs. Then you can move on to the Media section where you can record a broadcast of a basketball clip or you can even do a quick Sports Center type introduction and record that as well. The last part of this floor is devoted to all of the famous coaches that have been around the sport. It ranges from high to AAU to professional. Throughout the museum, there is numerous sections devoted to the women of basketball as well.

The bottom floor is the play area. They have a court and bring out basketballs for people to shoot around. You can shoot on the different types of backboards and rim styles. They have a peach basket set up for you to try and shoot at as well. There is a section on the side that has various heights that you can try your luck at slam dunking as well. After being on this floor you can purchase the picture that was taken on the way in or you can buy something from their gift shop.

Overall it was a great experience and lots of things to learn and to try your hand at being a basketball hall of famer.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank sullivan76
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