NCAA Hall of Champions
Exterior of NCAA Hall of Champions at White River State Park
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EstablishedMarch 31, 2000; 24 years ago (2000-03-31)
LocationWhite River State Park, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Coordinates39°46′02″N 86°10′09″W / 39.767160°N 86.169156°W / 39.767160; -86.169156
TypeSports museum
Visitors7,948 (2020)[1]
DirectorMike King
(Managing Director of Operations)[1]
ArchitectMichael Graves
OwnerNational Collegiate Athletic Association
Public transit accessLocal Transit IndyGo 8
Websitewww.ncaahallofchampions.org

The NCAA Hall of Champions is an interactive museum and part of a three-building complex that houses a conference center and the corporate headquarters of both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, United States.

It was constructed as part of the NCAA's headquarters relocation to Indianapolis from Kansas City, Missouri. The complex was designed by Indianapolis-native and postmodern architect, Michael Graves. The museum contains a 90-seat orientation theater, two floors of exhibition space, and a gift shop. The grand hall honors collegiate athletes representing the NCAA's 24 sanctioned sports across its three divisions and includes the banners of each member institution.[2]

History

The Hall of Champions opened March 31, 2000, ahead of the 2000 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game held in Indianapolis on April 3, 2000. The opening ceremony was presided over by Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon and NCAA president Cedric Dempsey, with 3,000 dignitaries in attendance. NASA astronaut Steven Smith (a two-time NCAA Champion in water polo as a Stanford University student) attended the event, bringing with him a blue ribbon that traveled aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery mission, STS-103. It was used in the ribbon-cutting, with slivers cut and distributed to attendees.[3] The construction project cost $10 million.[4]

In November 2007, an electrical fire struck the building, concentrated largely in the "One Shining Moment" portion of the display and areas immediately surrounding it. The Hall was temporarily closed for renovations and reopened on March 12, 2009.[2]

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hall of Champions received about 44,000 visitors annually.[1]

In 2021, a six-person panel of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Indianapolis members identified the Hall of Champions among the ten most "architecturally significant" buildings completed in the city since World War II.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Most Popular Attractions". Indianapolis Business Journal. IBJ Media. September 1, 2021. Retrieved January 26, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Opsahl, Sam; Verderame, Jyoti (2021). "NCAA Headquarters and Hall of Champions". Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indianapolis Public Library. Retrieved January 26, 2022.
  3. ^ Mannweiler, David (March 31, 2000). "Blue-ribbon opening for Hall of Champions". The Indianapolis Star. p. B3. Retrieved January 26, 2022.
  4. ^ Schneider, Rob (March 30, 2000). "Great expectations". The Indianapolis Star. p. A1. Retrieved January 26, 2022.
  5. ^ Shuey, Mickey (December 3, 2021). "Indy's Top 10 architecturally wondrous buildings". Indianapolis Business Journal. IBJ Media. Retrieved September 6, 2022.

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