Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation hosted a grand opening reception in Natchitoches Friday, June 28, 2013 for the state’s newest and most dazzling cultural attraction—the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.
The grand opening reception highlighted a series of weekend events marking the completion of the $23-million museum complex set in Louisiana’s oldest city. On Saturday, June 29, the Sports Hall of Fame inducted 11 new members including basketball great Shaquille O’Neal and tennis champion Chandra Rubin.
Developed and operated by the Louisiana State Museum system in partnership with the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and the City of Natchitoches, the 27,500-square-foot museum provides a permanent home for the Sports Hall of Fame and its collection of portraits and memorabilia celebrating the achievements of more than 300 Louisiana athletes, coaches and other sports figures. “Louisiana’s sports tradition is on par with our world-class food, music and culture so we are proud it finally has a space to call its own,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said.
The museum complex is located at 800 Front Street in downtown Natchitoches. The museum is handicap accessible. For more information about the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Northwest Louisiana History museum visit www.crt.state.la.us/museum .