Women's basketball hall scores in Knoxville


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Considering the surge in popularity of women's professional basketball, this eastern Tennessee city scored a slam dunk by opening the $10 million Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in June.

It also doesn't hurt that Tennesseans are in general fanatical when it comes to their five-time national champion University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team.

The 32,000-square-foot Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, located on the waterfront in downtown Knoxville and offering a panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains, contains interactive exhibits and displays tracing the history of the sport, including collegiate, Amateur Athletic Union, Olympic and professional competition.

In addition to exhibits and artifacts detailing the women's game, the facility features three indoor courts and an interactive locker room where visitors can hear a coach's half-time talk.

The facility also claims to have the world's largest basketball -- a steel-and-fiberglass sphere measuring 28 feet in diameter, weighing 20,000 pounds and containing an estimated 96,000 pimples -- perched atop its building.

According to the Knoxville Convention & Visitors Bureau, more than 100,000 people are projected to visit the hall of fame each year.

The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from

9 a.m. until 8 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays.

During the rest of the year, the facility is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays; from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The hall of fame is closed Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day and Easter Sunday.

Admission prices are: $7.95 for adults; $5.95 for seniors and children ages 6 to 15, and free for children 5 and younger. Group tour prices are $5.95 for adults and $3.95 for seniors and youths for groups of 25 or more people.

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Telephone: (423) 633-9000
Fax: (423) 633-9294
Web: www.wbhof.com

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