Hall of Fame Weekend

2017 Hall of Fame Weekend

The 2017 Hall of Fame Weekend will be held July 28-31, with the annual Induction Ceremony scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 30 at 1:30 p.m. ET at the Clark Sports Center. Admission to the Ceremony is free and the Ceremony will be broadcast live on MLB Network, which has televised the event every year since its launch in 2009, and will be shown via webcast at www.baseballhall.org. More than four dozen Hall of Famers annually return for Hall of Fame Weekend, with the full list of returnees to be announced in early July, to honor the Class of 2017 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Induction Ceremony

The Sunday, July 30 Induction Ceremony will take place on the grounds outside of the Clark Sports Center, which is located on lower Susquehanna Avenue, just one mile south of the Hall of Fame. The Ceremony is held rain or shine, unless severe weather forces the cancellation of the event. Professional interpreters will be provided for the hearing impaired. The Induction Ceremony historically lasts two-to-three hours. Lawn seating for the event is unlimited and free of charge. A blanket or lawn chair is recommended for comfortable viewing. As the weather in Cooperstown can be warm in July, it is recommended that visitors bring a cap and sunscreen. The Induction Site and lower Susquehanna Avenue will close to all traffic and pedestrians at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 29 and re-open at 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 30. No coolers will be allowed at the Induction Site prior to 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 30. No alcohol is permitted at the Induction Site and all bags and coolers are subject to search. No drones are allowed at the Induction Site, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum or on or above Hall of Fame property. Merchandise and Museum membership packages are available for purchase at the Induction site. Refreshments are sold at the site. For information on reserved seating options granted to Museum members, please call 607-547-0397.

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Awards Presentation

The Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 29 at Doubleday Field and will feature the posthumous presentation of the Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence to Bill King and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing to ESPN’s Claire Smith. Gates at Doubleday Field open at 3 p.m. The Awards Presentation is free and open to the public.

The Awards Presentation will be immediately followed by the Parade of Legends, as Hall of Fame members ride down Main Street in trucks provided by Ford Motor Company at 6 p.m., concluding with a private reception at the Museum.

Play Ball with Ozzie Smith – with special guests Randy Johnson and Ryne Sandberg:

Ozzie Smith returns in a fundraiser to support the Hall of Fame’s educational mission with a unique opportunity for fans, featuring fellow Hall of Famers Randy Johnson and Ryne Sandberg. This two-hour event features non-stop interaction at each station with a living legend and includes special mementos. Spaces are limited to 60 participants. The donation is $875 per person, with Hall of Fame Members admitted for $675. To reserve your spot, please call 607-547-0397. 8 a.m., Friday.

Parade of Legends

Join the pageantry and excitement as the Hall of Famers ride in trucks provided by Ford Motor Company down Main Street on their way to a private reception at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Staging for the Parade takes place at Doubleday Field and fans are encouraged to attend the Awards Presentation prior to making their way to the Parade. The Parade starts on Main Street, at 6 p.m., on Saturday.

Legends of the Game Roundtable

The Hall of Fame’s newest members, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Iván Rodríguez, John Schuerholz and Bud Selig, participate in the Legends of the Game Roundtable event at historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. This event is for Members only. Doubleday Field, 10:30 a.m., Monday.

Throughout the Weekend, the Hall of Fame will host a series of educational programs and fan-friendly experiences designed to connect generations of all ages in activities and events featuring baseball luminaries in the timeless and pastoral village of Cooperstown. Additional programming will be announced in 2017.

Class of 2017

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2017 Award Winners

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Membership Benefits for HOFW

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Members enjoy many privileges, including free admission to the Museum year-round and plus special opportunities throughout Hall of Fame Weekend.

Additional Hall of Fame Weekend Privileges (included with all membership levels)

• Free admission to the Museum
• A special members-only entrance to the Hall of Fame to avoid long lines
• Exclusive early access to the Museum on Saturday, Sunday and Monday
• Exclusive access to the Legends of the Game Roundtable program on Monday
• VIP reserved seating for Induction for Benefactor, President's Circle and Contributor Members
• Transportation provided to and from the Museum for special Weekend events

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VIP Options (Contributor, President’s Circle and Benefactor levels)

• VIP reserved seating for the Induction for President's Circle and Benefactor Members
• Opportunity for reserved seating at the Awards Presentation
• (2) limited edition press pins

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Hall of Fame Weekend Travel Packages (includes a membership)

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has teamed up with Sports Travel and Tours to offer baseball fans a one-stop opportunity to purchase Induction Weekend travel packages. For more information or to plan a trip to Cooperstown, please call 1-888-310-HALL (4255). Current membership participants receive a 5% discount on all their baseball travel packages.

Travel Packages

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Travel relaxed and hassle-free, knowing all your arrangements have been made for you by our reliable travel specialists. Each travel package includes museum & event tickets, transportation, hotel accommodations, trip reception, tour host and trip documents. As always, Hall of Fame members receive a 5% discount on BASEBALL travel packages.

Witness baseball history in Cooperstown, NY as the Hall of Fame welcomes the 2017 Induction Class into its hallowed halls. Travel packages include weekend admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Museum Membership and memories to last a lifetime. Learn more

Tickets, Seating & Group Visits

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Admission to the Induction Ceremony is free, and lawn seating is virtually unlimited on a first-come, first-served basis.

Induction site policies

• Closed to all visitors from dusk to dawn
• Only lawn chairs can be left overnight
• Absolutely no coolers, backpacks or other belongings can be left unattended overnight
• The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum prohibits the use of drone flights.

If you are interested in securing seats close to the Induction Stage with provided chairs, you can become a participant in the Hall of Fame's Membership Program at the President's or Benefactor level.

Handicap-accessible transportation from Trolley Lots

Handicap-accessible buses will be available throughout the July 28-31 Hall of Fame Weekend to transport fans from the Cooperstown Trolley lots to Main Street. On Sunday, July 30, handicap-accessible buses will be available to take fans from the corner of Main and Fair Streets in Cooperstown to the Induction Site at the Clark Sports Center, then back to Main Street following the Induction Ceremony.

Group Visits

Minimum Group Size

Adults (19-64)

Seniors (65+) $13.50
Youth (13-18)* $11.00
Junior (7-12)* $10.25

*One adult chaperone is required per every 10 - Junior, Youth or Camp Groups.

Groups must make advance reservations

Group Reservation Form
Youth Group Reservation Form

For more information on group visits, call (607) 547-0312.

School groups should contact our Education Department

Special Museum Hours

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The Museum maintains the following Hall of Fame Weekend hours:

Friday, July 28

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 29

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(7 a.m. - 5 p.m. for members)

Sunday, July 30

8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
(7 a.m. - 9 p.m. for members)

Monday, July 31

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
(8 a.m. - 9 p.m. for members)


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Parking will be extremely limited in Cooperstown during Hall of Fame Weekend. As is the case throughout the summer, the village will make parking and trolley service available at three trolley lots in Cooperstown. The Cooperstown Trolley will provide transit to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Doubleday Field from three different locations: the Red Lot on Route 28 (Glen Avenue) at Maple Street; the Blue Lot on Route 28 just south of Cooperstown; and the Yellow Lot on Route 80 at the upper parking lot of the Fenimore Art Museum. All-day passes are available for $2 per adult and free for children 5 and under. The Trolley will operate throughout Hall of Fame Weekend daily from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Follow the trolley’s stops at www.followthetrolley.com.

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