Nashville is Music City (not only for country music…). However, with the Predators, the Titans and nowadays also Nashville SC, there are also three big players professional sports at Cumberland River. However, Nashville – and Tennessee – is much more than that in regards of physical entertainment. In order to learn about the greatest legends of Tennessee sports, you are able to take a short detour from your Broadway Honky Tonk and visit the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. I did so in August 2022 and share my thoughts with you.
Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame – Location & Admission
The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is located on the North side of the Bridgestone Arena and thus in the very heart of Nashville Downtown. You typically enter through the Visit Music City tourist information. I wrote a lot about going to Nashville by car and parking in other reviews – in general, I recommend some planning and booking ahead here – or go for a hotel with an average location and commute into the city by Uber.
The Hall of Fame museum is opening from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 16:00 hrs. There used to be an entrance fee of a few dollars. During my visit, there was already a sponsored free entry – this has been prolonged to at least year-end 2022.
Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame – The Visit
Of course, you first think about the three big professional teams. The more, I liked that the museum initially focuses on the success of the Tennessee Volunteers, the college sports organization of the University of Tennessee.The museum, however, features a wide range of sports teams – and sports disciplines. As you can see in the pictures below, there are displays about motor sports, athletics, swimming, golf and many more disciplines. There is also a certain focus on Olympic athletes coming from the US State. But, of course, there is American Football, Peyton Manning, the Titans and the other professional teams as well. Overall, Football is the dominant sport in the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, though.
A corner of the museum hosts the in-fact Hall of Fame. There is, a special display for the latest inductees and screens which allow you to browse through all members of the Hall of Fame (if you don’t want to read through the display) and learn more about them. Not all of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame members are sportsmen, by the way – as you can see in the pictures below.
Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame – Services
As the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is located next to the Visit Music City location, this one also serves as gift shop. A good feature is that you can grab some more inspirations by browsing through the advertisements of other Tennessee tourist attractions.
Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame – My View
The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is a neat, nicely done museum..If you are a sports fan, you should definitely go for the visit, which may take you some 30 to 45 minutes, depending on your preferences. The museum is in the heart of Nashville, next to many other places you (likely) visit, so it is an easy detour.
Flyctory.com on Sports Museums
Here are all Sports Museums I visited: