As excited supporters of the state’s high school football championship finalists travel to Natchitoches for their teams’ big game at the LHSAA Prep Classic beginning Sunday, there’s opportunity to enjoy more lifelong memories at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
Nine state championship contests will unfold in Turpin Stadium on the Northwestern State campus in Natchitoches from Sunday afternoon through Wednesday night. Just a mile north of the stadium is historic downtown Natchitoches, where the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum is located at 800 Front Street on the north end at the traffic circle.
The museum will be open throughout the Prep Classic with its standard operating hours of 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., said local museum branch manager Jennae Biddiscombe. It is ordinarily closed on Sundays and Mondays, but pivoted to provide opportunity to provide access to Prep Classic visitors.
Admission fees are quite affordable and discounted by $1 for anyone who mentions they’re attending the Prep Classic. Regular admission is $6 for adults, with seniors, military and students at $5. Children 6 and under are free.
The museum is also extending its regular hours on Saturday from 4:30 until the 7 p.m. Christmas fireworks show over Cane River Lake, across the street from the front doors of the building.
Museum capacity under pandemic protocols is 250 people. Groups can be no larger than eight family members. For questions, call the museum at 318-357-2492.
The two-story, 27,000-square foot museum opened in 2013 and was immediately hailed as the year’s best new architectural project in the world by an industry publication, with an addition to the Louvre in Paris as the runner up in a top 10 that included no other building in North America.
Visitors will enjoy a tremendous array of exhibits prepared by the Louisiana State Museum professionals spotlighting both the 433 members of the Hall of Fame and telling the story of Louisiana’s sports culture in language sure to please avid fans and inform those who aren’t as passionate about sports.
The Northwest Louisiana History Museum is showcased on a third of the second-floor display, telling the story of Louisiana’s oldest permanent settlement and the surrounding area.
More information on the Hall of Fame is available at LaSportsHall.com, including a link to a virtual tour of the museum.