Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
Hall of Fame Weekend 2019 will take place July 19-22, with the Induction Ceremony scheduled for Sunday, July 21.
Harold Baines and Lee Smith, who were elected on Dec. 9 by the Today’s Game Era Committee, will be joined in the Class of 2019 Baseball Writers’ Association of America electees Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera.
At the July 20 Awards Presentation, Jayson Stark will be presented with the 2019 J.G. Taylor Spink Award for writers and the late Al Helfer will be honored with the 2019 Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters.
Just as there’s more to the Hall of Fame with the Museum, there’s more to Hall of Fame Weekend than the Induction Ceremony. Plan an extended stay in Cooperstown to experience all four incredible days of fanfare.
From PLAY Ball with Museum Education Ambassador Ozzie Smith and Parade of Legends to special Awards Presentation and the Induction itself, Hall of Fame Weekend is filled with family-friendly fun.
In addition to all these activities, the weekend also includes special hours for the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum:
• Friday, July 19: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m
• Saturday, July 20: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Sunday, July 21: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
• Monday, July 22: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Here’s what you need to know to attend the Induction Ceremony on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center:
- Attending the Ceremony is free and no tickets are required. Lawn seating is available for the general public. In order to get the best seats, you need to claim your spot early. Special seating is reserved for family members of inductees and Hall of Fame President’s Circle and Benefactor members.
- The ceremony typically starts around 1:30pm. Between 10,000 and 75,000 fans have gathered on the Sports Center lawn to watch the Ceremony in years past. Be sure to arrive early!
- The local high school will be selling water and other refreshments during the Ceremony. Portable restrooms will be located on the Sports Center grounds during the weekend.
- There is no parking at the Sports Center for the Ceremony. You must park within Cooperstown and walk to the Ceremony (about 1 mile from the Hall of Fame). There are many local residents and business offering off-street parking in driveways and on lawns for a small charge. The Hall of Fame has suggestions regarding parking for visitors on their website.
Access to the Induction Site closes at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, and re-opens at 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 21. Chairs and blankets can be left at the Induction Site during the day Saturday before 4 p.m. for Sunday, but no coolers, bags or large items will be permitted until the site re-opens on Sunday morning.
Vehicular traffic on Susquehanna Avenue from Walnut Street to Bowerstown Bridge/County Route 52 and on Brooklyn Avenue will be limited to PERMIT/LOCAL TRAFFIC only beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, until the end of the Induction Ceremony on Sunday, July 21.
Use of drones is not permitted in the area of the Clark Sports Center and Induction Site. All packages are subject to search. All items carried into the site should be in a clear, see-through style backpack/bag.