Tuesday, October 28, 2014

North Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum

As tourist attractions go, the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame is an odd one.

The facility is part of Verizon Arena, which is located just off Interstate 30 near the riverfront in North Little Rock. We had some time to kill before heading to the airport, and this was convenient.

Upon arriving, the one employee unlocked the door and seemed very happy to see us. It seemed we were the first customers of the day, and it was early afternoon. Although we figured it was going to be just a display in the arena lobby, we paid our $5 each while figuring it was a good cause.

I asked who played in the arena, and got a lot of "used tos." An Arena Football League team was here, but that league didn't make it. A minor-league hockey team was here, for a while, but not any more. A local college played here once upon a time, and then built an on-campus site. So Verizon Arena is only used for concerts, more or less.

As for the Hall of Fame itself, there's a film narrated by Pat Summerall about Arkansas sports, and some memorabilia about the state's top athletes. Mark Martin even donated one of his old cars.

Learn more about the place by clicking here. Better yet, drop by if you are in the neighborhood. Someone will be happy to see you.

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