Reed Travel Features
JACKSON, Miss. -- Looks like this town has taken Cooperstown,
N.Y., straight into the 21st century.
The new Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum here not only
pays homage to the greats of baseball (as well as football,
basketball, soccer, golf and tennis), but it does so via the latest
in interactive technology.
Historical artifacts are displayed in the 21,500-square-foot
facility through touch-screen kiosks, enabling visitors to access
more than 850 interviews as well as biographical and achievement
A multimedia theater presentation showcases the legends (both
historical and modern) of the sports world, narrated by ABC/ESPN
anchor Robin Roberts.
Through interactive technology, museum visitors can tee up and
play a selection of championship golf courses, pitch a game of
baseball or take penalty kicks against a soccer goalie.
Sports fans also can try their talents as game announcers in the
museum's press box, where they have the opportunity to sit behind
the microphone and make the call on some of the greatest plays made
by Mississippi sports heroes.
The facility also has a conference center with audiovisual
equipment and a fully-equipped kitchen for banquets and
The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is located a
quarter-mile east of I-55 between the Smith Wills baseball stadium
and the Jim Buck Ross Agricultural and Forestry Museum, making it
especially appealing for motorcoach tours.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 1:30
p.m. to 4:30 on Sundays.
Admission is $5 for adults; $3.50 for seniors and children.
The group rate (12 guests or more) is $3 per person; the driver
and escort are admitted free. Group tours are welcomed with a
The facility is accessible to travelers with disabilities and
offers free parking for buses.
For more information, call the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
and Museum at (800) 280 FAME; fax (601) 982-4702.