A feast for fans, the Basketball Hall of Fame is painless even for those who regard the game as a blur of 7-foot armpits. It has been so popular that this entirely new facility was opened near the original hall in 2002, on a sliver of land between I-91 and the train tracks. Start at the top (third) level at the Honors Ring, with biographies of the players enshrined in the Hall. Interactive displays feature vast quantities of memorabilia and history of the sport, which was invented by Canadian-born Dr. James Naismith in Springfield in 1891 (remember the Chicago Studebakers or the Philadelphia Hebrews?). On the ground floor is a court where clinics and skill challenges are held, and where anyone can pick up a ball and shoot a few. There are several restaurant chain options in the complex, and a Hilton hotel on the other side of the parking lot.
- © Frommer's 2013
Ask a local about Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Ask Springfield Locals about Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- Highly Recommended 2010