Baseball fans know Cooperstown, NY as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. But Virginians have their own Cooperstown right here in the Old Dominion. The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame located in Portsmouth, VA is one of 16 Hall of Fame’s across the nation that offers sports fans of all ages the perfect place to immerse themselves into favorite pastime.
The museum has been in business since the early 1970's. However, 2005 revealed the grand opening of the brand new state of the art facility, in an event that coincided with the inductions for that year.
The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame honors more than 200 sports figures from sports ranging from tennis to basketball to NASCAR. Icons such as Arthur Ashe, Moses Malone, Bruce Smith, Lawrence Taylor, Sam Snead, and Ralph Sampson are included. Not only are National Sports Hall Of Famers honored here, but so are individuals who made their mark coaching and/or playing at any of the fine colleges across the state.
In addition to exhibits honoring Virginia’s own sports heroes, visitors will also find exhibits honoring the state’s sport’s heritage. Exhibits include Virginians in the Olympics display, a campus room, as well as a display of great moments in sports history involving Virginia athletes. Of special interest is an exhibit featuring the same car that Virginia native Ricky Rudd (a Class of 2007 inductee) drove when he won the Brickyard 400 in 1997.
After touring the museum, visitors have a chance to get active and participate in some of the same activities that our sports legends do. Included in the museum is a NASCAR simulator, tracks to simulate runs through the Blue Ridge Mountains, a basketball court and soccer yard. There are activities to capture almost any interest of the most avid sports fan.