Established in 1966, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum honors more than 350 Virginia athletes, coaches, administrators, educators and journalists who have made a major impact on the world of sports. (TAKE AN ONLINE TOUR) The Hall of Fame honors great champions and celebrates the great characters of Virginia’s rich sports history. The interactive family-friendly environment features college sports, media, Olympics, golf, auto racing and Redskins exhibits along with hands-on baseball, basketball, football, soccer and auto racing activities. The Hall is one of only about 16 official state sports halls of fame in the country. More than 45 National Hall of Famers are among its ranks, as are more than 30 of the Top 50 athletes of the century recognized by Sports Illustrated.
The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum opened its state-of-the-art facility in 2005. It is located just a short walk from the Elizabeth River passenger ferry, the new Renaissance Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center, and the nTelos Harbor Pavilion, a riverfront amphitheater and performing arts center. Bordering downtown Portsmouth’s Olde Towne historic district, the site is just two blocks from the Museum’s former home. (Directions) The Museum’s nine exhibit areas showcase 20 sports. Interpretive displays and interactive exhibits cover college athletics, Virginia Olympians, current Virginia sports events, Virginia’s greatest sports moments, sports medicine and health, sports media, and more.
Because sports bring out the kid in all of us, visitors will be able to test their skills at basketball, baseball, football, soccer, and auto racing in the games and activities area. Meeting space in the facility will include the 125 seat multi-media theater, classroom and boardroom space, as well as reception areas with an open exhibit hall that can accommodate small parties or receptions in excess of 500. Event inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.