NBC’s Legendary Today to Broadcast Live from Cooperstown Thursday, July 24

Correspondents Natalie Morales, Jenna Bush Hager to Shine Spotlight on Cooperstown from The Otesaga Resort Hotel as Hall of Fame Weekend Gets Under Way

July 21, 2014
Bryant Gumbel sits down for an interview with Warren Spahn and Bob Gibson to celebrate the Museum's 50th Anniversary. (NBHOF Library)

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Cooperstown takes the national stage this week as the legends of the game return for Hall of Fame Weekend. 

And as the baseball world focuses on the game’s symbolic home during the 75th anniversary year of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBC’s Today shines its spotlight on America’s Most Perfect Village. 

Today show correspondents Natalie Morales and Jenna Bush Hager will broadcast live from The Otesaga Resort Hotel throughout the broadcast on Thursday, July 24. That morning’s episode of the Today show will feature segments focused on artifacts from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as several other Cooperstown attractions. 

Today has previously made two trips to Cooperstown: In 1989 as part of the Museum’s 50th anniversary, and in 1991 when then-Today correspondent Joe Garagiola won the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence. 

The Today show welcomes fans to gather on the back lawn of the Otesaga Hotel on Thursday morning to be a part of the live broadcast. Those interested in participating are asked to line up at the Lake Street walkway entrance to the Hotel property beginning at 6 a.m. The show’s live segments will air between 7 and 10 a.m. Fans wishing to be a part of the iconic Today crowd will be escorted to the back lawn by Hotel personnel. This will be the only entrance to the Today location. There will be minimal parking available at the Otesaga Hotel. The Today show participation opportunity is limited to 200 people. 

Today, which reaches an average of more than five million viewers per day and millions more online at today.com, can be seen on NBC affiliates around the globe including WKTV in nearby Utica, N.Y. 

Hall of Fame Weekend 2014 will be held July 25-28 in Cooperstown. The Class of 2014, featuring Bobby CoxTom GlavineTony La RussaGreg MadduxFrank Thomas and Joe Torre, will be enshrined at 1:30 p.m. July 27 at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. Admission to the Induction Ceremony is free.