Five Tips for Planning Your HOF Induction Weekend Getaway
Posted by: Cooperstown Getaway
Every July, thousands of eager baseball fans flock to our quaint village of Cooperstown to catch a glimpse of the legends of the game. Whether your favorite player is a current inductee or returning to participate in the weekend's festivities, there's no question that a pilgrimage to the Hall of Fame during Induction Weekend is a must for any baseball lover.
With the influx of so many, it's important to plan ahead not just with your accommodations but all facets of your itinerary. Here are some tips for savvy spectating during this busy weekend:
With only about 2,000 year-round residents, you can imagine the difficulty in finding parking during Induction Weekend; but Cooperstown is prepared! The village runs a trolley service with parking lots around the perimeter of the village. Parking there is free, and the trolley costs $2 to ride all day. Beyond that, there are local businesses that offer all-day parking in their lots for various fees, as well as residents offering lawn space, often as a fundraiser for local charities.
Grab a Seat
The fields at the Clark Sports Center are quite a sight on Induction Sunday, with fans in lawn chairs and spread out on blankets as far as the eye can see. A good tip for ensuring that you'll have a good view of the ceremony is to set your chair up on Saturday. Traffic on the road to the Induction Ceremony site will be closed overnight, so make sure you claim your spot before 4 p.m. on Saturday!
Depending on how far away you park, it's safe to say you'll be doing a fair amount of walking throughout the weekend's activities. So while you watch your Fitbit numbers soar, be sure to wear comfortable, supportive footwear. The last thing you want coming between you and a glimpse of your favorite Hall of Famer are blisters or sore feet. Don't forget to pack plenty of sunscreen, as well as an umbrella; there's very little shade to be found at the Induction Ceremony site.
Savor the Local Flavor
Cooperstown and the surrounding area have many delicious dining options, ranging from fine dining to more casual fare. Be sure to call ahead whenever possible. Throughout the weekend, Main Street is closed off to vehicular traffic, allowing pedestrians to stroll freely and purchase food from local street vendors and Main Street eateries.
Take it All In
While baseball fans gather to see their favorite players inducted during Sunday's ceremony, there are other events throughout the weekend that provide great opportunities for spotting some of the legends of the game. The J.G. Taylor Spink Award and the Ford C. Frick Award are presented during a ceremony on Saturday at Doubleday Field, just prior to the Parade of Legends. Check the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's website for a detailed schedule of events.
Don't forget to take advantage of some of the other attractions in Cooperstown, like the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers' Museum, which provide a nice break from baseball if you need one. Cooperstown is also home to award-winning craft breweries like Ommegang and Red Shed, as well as Cooperstown Distillery. For family fun, head to the Fly Creek Cider Mill where delicious food and adorable ducks await.
This year's Hall of Fame Weekend promises to be extremely popular, so be sure you're ready to be part of the crowd! This one-of-a-kind weekend is an amazing experience for baseball fans, and makes for a great family getaway. With a little planning, you'll be navigating Cooperstown like a pro!