Hall of Fame Weekend FAQ
- Where to stay in Cooperstown?
- What are the closest airports?
- Is there any public transportation available?
- Where is the Induction Ceremony held?
- Do I need tickets for the Induction Ceremony?
- What should I bring for lawn seating?
- Do Museum members receive special tickets?
- What happens in case of bad weather?
- Where are the best places to park?
- Are there shuttles to the Induction site?
- Will the Hall of Famers be available for autographs?
- Does the Museum have special hours during Hall of Fame Weekend?
- What happens at the Awards Presentation?
- How does the VIP member entrance during Hall of Fame Weekend work?
- Can I contact newly elected Hall of Famers?
- Are there tours of the Museum during Hall of Fame Weekend?
The Cooperstown area features many hotels and bed & breakfasts. Check out www.cooperstownchamber.com for listings. For lodging within a one-hour drive from Cooperstown, try Oneonta, N.Y. and Utica, N.Y.
The Albany, Binghamton and Syracuse airports are each about 90 miles away from Cooperstown. Driving directions are available here.
Trailways Bus provides the only regular public transportation service to Cooperstown. More information is available at www.trailways.com.
The Induction Ceremony is held at the Clark Sports Center, located one mile south of the Museum in Cooperstown.
The Induction Ceremony is free and open to the public and requires no ticket. Lawn seating is available at the Clark Sports Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is virtually unlimited.
A blanket, lawn chairs and sunscreen are recommended. Water will be available free of charge, and snacks and Hall of Fame merchandise will be available for purchase.
Participants in the Museum’s Membership Program at the President’s and Benefactor levels receive tickets to the Induction Ceremony in a reserved seating section with provided chairs with backs. For more information on becoming a Member, please visit www.baseballhall.org/join.
The Induction Ceremony is held rain or shine unless severe weather forces the cancellation of the outdoor ceremony. In the event of severe weather, the Induction Ceremony becomes a private event.
Parking in Cooperstown is very limited. Paid parking is available on many streets and time limits are strictly enforced. Visitors are advised to use the free parking areas and ride the Trolley. The Trolleys will bring you to the Museums, Main Street shopping, and other points of interest. It also stops near the Chamber office and Main Street Information Center. The Trolley operates daily June through August. Parking is free at the three Trolley lots: Blue Lot (on Route 28, just south of Cooperstown); Red Lot (off Route 28 north (Glen Avenue) at Maple Street traveling south on Route 28 from Route 20); and Yellow Lot (on Route 80 at upper parking lot of Fenimore Art Museum traveling south on Route 80 from Route 20). Trolley fare is $2, with children 5 and under free, for an unlimited daily pass.
Free Induction Site shuttles are available on Sunday, July 27 from the Doubleday Field Parking Lot to the Clark Sports Center.
Many Hall of Famers and other former big leaguers sign autographs at businesses along Main Street during Hall of Fame Weekend. The Hall of Fame does not coordinate or arrange these appearances or any other autograph sessions during Hall of Fame Weekend. For more information, contact the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce at www.cooperstownchamber.com.
The Museum is open the following hours on Hall of Fame Weekend:
- Friday, July 25: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday, July 26: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Museum opens at 7 a.m. for participants in Museum Membership program; Plaque Gallery closes at 4:30 p.m.)
- Sunday, July 27: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Museum opens at 7 a.m. for participants in Museum Membership program)
- Monday, July 28: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Museum opens at 8 a.m. for participants in Museum Membership program)
The Saturday, July 26 Awards Presentation will be held at Doubleday Field and feature the honoring of the winners of the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters, the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for writers and the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award. Admission to the Awards Presentation is free.
As a Member, you can bypass lines into the Museum and enter quickly with other Members through a Members-only line at the Ticket Booth.
Many Hall of Famer accept forwarded mail from fans. To send a letter to a Hall of Famer, place your name and address on the upper-left corner of the envelope, place a stamp on the envelope and write the Hall of Famer's name in the center. We'll put the Hall of Famer's address on the envelope and drop it in the mail. The Hall of Fame cannot guarantee that forwarded mail will be delivered or accepted.
All Museum tours throughout the year are self-guided, though Visitor Services team members are located throughout the Museum to answer questions.