Grandstand Theater to re-open

Published May 23, 2018 at 4:00pm

COOPERSTOWN — The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Grandstand Theater will re-open on Friday, May 25, to mark the start to Hall of Fame Classic Weekend. The reopening of the completely renovated Grandstand Theater will feature “Generations of the Game,” a new introductory film about baseball.

The renovated 189-seat Grandstand Theater was created by design firm Populous and features a Dolby Atmos sound system donated by Dolby Laboratories, state-of-the-art projectors donated by Christie Projectors and 16-foot high vertical videoboards along the theater’s side walls.

Wooden ballpark seating has been replaced by spacious, cushioned seats.

Museum board member Thomas Tull served as the executive producer of “Generation of the Game,” which was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jonathan Hock and written by award-winning author Joe Posnanski.

The film features 19 Hall of Fame narrators along with voices such as Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark, Ford C. Frick Award winner Bob Costas, recently retired baseball greats Derek Jeter, David Ortiz and Mariano Rivera and current stars Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw.

A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place during Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, July 27-30. Admission to the Grandstand Theater and showings of the new film are included with regular museum admission.

The Hall of Fame Classic is scheduled Saturday, May 26 at 1:05 p.m. at Doubleday Field and will feature Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Randy Johnson, Eddie Murray, Tim Raines and Ozzie Smith along with recently retired players representing all 30 MLB teams. The Classic will be preceded by the Legends Home Run Derby at noon.

Tickets to the Hall of Fame Classic are $12.50 for infield seats and $11 for general admission outfield seats and are available by calling 1-877-726-9028 through Thursday or online at baseballhall.org/hofclassic. Tickets will be available for purchase at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ticket Booth on Friday, May 25, and again at the Doubleday Field Will Call tent beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 26.

The museum begins summer hours of operation Memorial Day Weekend. The Museum will remain open until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26, with full summer hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. taking effect starting Sunday, May 27 and running through the day before Labor Day.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

For more information, visit the Hall of Fame’s website at baseballhall.orgor call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.