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About the Hall


Today, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is home to more than three hundred inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Located on the picturesque banks of the Connecticut River, the new museum is a fitting shrine to the game Dr. Naismith invented more than a century ago.

The landmark structure is one of the world’s most distinctive monuments punctuating the Springfield skyline and stirring the spirits of basketball fans everywhere. Hundreds of interactive exhibits share the spotlight with skills challenges, live clinics, and shooting contests. And of course there is enough basketball history to impress the world’s most avid sports fans!

After decades of growth, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2009. It has evolved from its humble origins to become Hoops Heaven...the earthly home of the game’s immortals.

As a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame benefits from the generosity of others to help fulfill its mission.

“To honor and celebrate basketball’s greatest moments and people” via:

  • The integrity of the HOF election process
  • Educational and outreach initiatives
  • The world’s finest sports museum
  • Traveling exhibits that enrich and educate
  • Worldwide events actively involving all fans

Since its creation in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891, basketball has reached across all boundaries and become an iconic international game. For the many millions of people who have played, coached and refereed the game for more than a century, there are less than 300 people who have joined the ‘best of the best’ and earned the title “Hall of Famer". To reach this level, they are voted on by individuals knowledgeable about the game of basketball.

Since 2002, the Basketball Hall of Fame has taken the announcement of the electees each year on the road.  Special friends of the Hall of Fame have a unique opportunity to be a part of history in the making as the first people to meet the Class during Final Four weekend.