It’s August and for me, that means beginning the countdown to the opening of college football season – my favorite time of year. If you’re like me, the last month before kick-off goes by so slowly. To help pass the month and have a fun time doing so, visit the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum in North Little Rock. Not only is football featured, sports junkies can get their fix on just about any of the mainline sports, from NASCAR, golf and tennis to basketball, track and horseracing.
The displays feature memorabilia chronicling sports legends from Arkansas — the three major sports – football, baseball and basketball – plus golf, tennis, the Olympics and more. The highly interactive exhibits appeal to young and old alike. One unique area is the Pat Summerall Broadcast Booth, where museum-goers view a tape, then pop on a headset, record their own play-by-play calls then take the tape home.
Past inductees include such notables as Pat Summerall, Steve Atwater and Cliff Harris (football); Brooks Robinson, George Kell and Bill Dickey (baseball); Pat Day and Larry Snyder (horseracing); Mike Conley and Clyde Scott (track and field); Mark Martin (NASCAR) and Joe Kleine, Reece ‘Goose’ Tatum and Hazel Walker (basketball). Located inside North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena, the museum is bordered with displays and anchored by a 100-seat theater where a film of the history of sports in Arkansas is shown.