Hall of Fame Weekend

2016 Hall of Fame Weekend

The 2016 Hall of Fame Weekend will be held July 22-25, with the annual Induction Ceremony scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 24 at 1:30 p.m. ET at the Clark Sports Center. Electees Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will become the 311th and 312th members inducted into the Hall of Fame. Admission to the Ceremony is free and the Ceremony will be broadcast live on MLB Network and will be shown via webcast at www.baseballhall.org. More than 50 Hall of Famers are expected to return for Hall of Fame Weekend, with the full list of returnees to be announced in early July, to honor the Class of 2016 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Induction Ceremony

The Sunday, July 24 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. 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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2016 Induction To-Do List

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

Class of 2016 Gear

Represent the class of 2016. Each purchase helps support our mission to preserve the history of the game. Members receive an additional 10% off and FREE shipping.

Awards Presentation

The Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 at Doubleday Field. Radio pioneer Graham McNamee will receive the Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence and Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. Additionally, New York City Fire Department Battalion Chief Vin Mavaro will share his thoughts and memories of baseball's role in helping New York City, and the nation, recover from the 9/11 attacks. 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

Join a dream team that could only come together in Cooperstown, with Ozzie Smith, Craig Biggio, Goose Gossage and John Smoltz hosting a morning fundraiser for the Hall of Fame’s educational programs. For the 15th year, PLAY Ball returns as Players, Legends and You enjoy an interactive meet and greet experience, starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 22nd during Hall of Fame Weekend 2016.

Starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 22, Ozzie Smith returns in a fundraiser for the Hall of Fame’s education and public programs with a unique opportunity for fans, featuring fellow Hall of Famers Craig Biggio, Goose Gossage and John Smoltz. 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.

This event is open to fans of all ages. Space is limited and the event will be open for registration this spring. Interested participants can register by calling the Membership department at 607-547-0397.

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. Main Street, 6 p.m., Saturday.

Legends of the Game Roundtable

The Hall of Fame’s newest members, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, will participate in a Legends of the Game Roundtable event at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 25 on Doubleday Field. This event is for Museum Members only and tickets will be available starting Monday, June 6 by visiting the Membership desk in the Museum or by calling 607-547-0397. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12.

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 early this summer.

Transportation to Induction Site

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The Induction Ceremony is on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center on lower Susquehanna Avenue, just one mile south of the Hall of Fame. Shuttles from the Hall of Fame at Fair and Main Street will begin service at 8:30 a.m.

The final shuttle will run at 1 p.m. and shuttles will not run during the Induction Ceremony.

Class of 2016

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2016 Award Winners

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Returning Hall of Famers

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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

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VIP Options (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 2016 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 22-25 Hall of Fame Weekend to transport fans from the Cooperstown Trolley lots to Main Street. On Sunday, July 24, 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 22

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 23

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

Sunday, July 24

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

Monday, July 25

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

Voting Rules

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