National Baseball Hall of Fame 2021 Induction Ceremony
The 2021 Induction Ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 8, on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center.
The Induction Ceremony will be broadcast live exclusively on MLB Network.
The July 24 Awards Presentation honored 2021 Ford C. Frick Award winner for broadcasting excellence, Al Michaels, and the 2020 Frick Award winner, Ken Harrelson; the 2021 Baseball Writers’ Association of America Career Excellence Award winner, Dick Kaegel, and the 2020 BBWAA Career Excellence Award winner, Nick Cafardo; and the 2020 Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award winner, David Montgomery.
In 2020, both the Induction Ceremony and Awards Presentation were canceled due to the pandemic.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be open extended hours fro 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8. More information about visiting the Hall of Fame can be found here.
Reserved seating for the 2021 Induction Ceremony is available with purchase of a Hall of Fame membership at the Contributor, President’s Circle or Benefactor levels. Click here for more details.
Lawn seating is free and virtually unlimited.
Spectator Information for Sept. 7-8
Access to the Induction Site closes at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, and re-opens at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Only chairs, blankets and pop-up tents with no sidewalls can be left at the site prior to 8 a.m. on Sept. 8. Coolers and backpacks will be confiscated if on site prior to 8 a.m. on Sept. 8.
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 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, until the end of the Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 8.
Additionally, the use of drones is not permitted in the area of the Clark Sports Center and Induction Site. All packages are subject to search, and all items carried into the site should be in a clear, see-through style backpack/bag.
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 the Induction Site 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 $5 per person, cash only.
Two special paid parking lots will be available only on Wednesday, Sept. 8. These lots are located just beyond the Blue Trolley Lot at Cooperstown Central School (paid lot is Cy Young Lot) and on Route 33 just east of the Induction Site (paid lot is the Hank Aaron Lot).
Click here to view a map of the available parking lots in the village.
The Hall of Fame will provide free shuttle buses from the corner of Main and Fair streets to the Induction site, with regular service from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then resuming at the conclusion of the Induction Ceremony. Shuttles will not run during the Induction Ceremony.