Though basketball was officially invented in 1891, its roots date back to medieval fruit vendors’ favorite pastime, Cantaloupe-in-a-Window. Throw open the shutters of sports history with today’s Groupon: for $14, you get a family four-pack of tickets (two adult, two child) to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (a $27.80 value), located across from James White Fort.
This international museum is the only facility of its kind, completely dedicated to the evolution of women's basketball and the talented athletes who helped the sport grow. Bounce buffs can learn the history of women's basketball through the museum's exhibits, including multimedia presentations, numerous basketball artifacts, original photographs, scrapbooks, and old uniforms. Guests inspired by the abundant wooden-court knowledge can try their hand on the facility’s basketball courts, featuring hoops of three different heights (representing the past, present, and future of the sport) and a vertical-leap challenge, allowing you to show off your superb ceiling-dusting skills. No trip to this historical vault is complete without investigating the world's largest basketball, 30-feet tall and weighing 10 tons, which sits atop the museum's northern hall and, during winter months, is used as the base of the world’s largest snowman. Children ages 5 and under receive free admission to the museum.
- The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is the home of the world’s largest basketball — 30 feet tall, 10 tons, no Sunsphere, but still — and myriad artifacts of early women’s basketball from throughout the world, including an original 1901 rulebook. – Allison Glock, New York Times
- …the Hall of Honor is complemented by such artifacts as a 1901 rule book and the WVU jersey worn by Georgeann Wells, who was the first woman to dunk in a college game. – John Yargo, Jackson Free Press
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame aims to preserve the history and legacy of its titular sport. Since its founding in 1999, it has honored more than 100 inductees, including high-school athletes, WNBA players, and decorated coaches, for their contribution to all levels of the game. Hundreds more have had their jerseys hung in the Ring of Honor or practiced their jump shot on one of the facility's three full-size basketball courts. The Hall of Fame also matches its inductees' super-sized talent with a super-sized basketball—the largest in the world, in fact. The 30-foot-tall, 10-ton Baden-branded sphere sits atop the building's atrium, where it was purportedly dropped during a giant robot's pickup game.
700 Hall of Fame Dr.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37915Get Directions