Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, the NCAA Hall of Champions aims to provide a greater understanding of the organization and its more than 400,000 student-athletes. Visitors will experience educational and interactive exhibits meant to increase their understanding of what it takes to become a NCAA champion athlete.
The NCAA Hall of Champions was opened in March 2000 after the NCAA relocated to Indianapolis. In 2007, the Hall of Champions was struck by an electrical fire that destroyed a portion of the displays; it was temporarily closed until it reopened in 2009.
Arena: Located on the first floor, the Arena represents all 24 of the NCAA sports and some of the best athletes to ever play those sports. There is also a trivia challenge that even novices can participate in, updated and current team rankings, video highlights, and hundreds of objects donated from colleges and universities around the United States.
The Arena is colorfully decorated and allows visitors to learn anything and everything about all 24 sports represented by the NCAA. There are tons of fun facts, sports memorabilia, and championship banners for visitors to enjoy – whether they are sports fans or not.
This area also features the amazing stories of minorities in the sporting world. The History of Women in Intercollegiate Athletics exhibit features the contributions of brave and intelligent women in sports, some of whom have received the highest honors and awards the NCAA has to offer.
Play: Located on the second floor, Play is a full interactive exhibition area where visitors can participate in virtual sports simulators, including scenarios set in a 1930s gymnasium, ski slopes, and much more.
This area truly allows visitors to feel what it’s like to be a NCAA athlete. Visitors can stand in a cage and experience the feeling of having a tennis ball coming right at them at speeds of 100 miles an hour. Visitors can stand on top of a swimmer’s block and test their skills in soccer, basketball, football, or baseball. They can even try various gymnastic events, like trying to find their balance on a beam.
Get to Know the Missouri Valley Conference: The exhibit features the history and stories of the Missouri Valley Conference, which is one of the nation’s oldest NCAA Divisions as well as one of the most progressive ones. The members of this league have a powerful story of placing league harmony and high level competition as priorities. This exhibit is on display at the NCAA Hall of Champions from February 14 to June 30, 2017.
Family Fun Scavenger Hunts: This event will be hosted from June 6 to July 30, 2017, and is filled with family-friendly fun! Visitors and their families will be able to explore the NCAA Hall of Champions and follow exciting instructions on their scavenger hunt card. It really is a fun and different way to experience the Hall of Champions. Visitors will also be automatically entered into a weekly drawing for a prize pack filled with official NCAA merchandise worth $150.
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NCAA Hall of Champions, 700 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, Phone: 317-916 - 4255