The National Baseball Hall of Fame is preparing to welcome its newest class of inductees this weekend and all this week Eyewitness News will in the baseball village with Countdown: Cooperstown reports.
"It doesn't look anything at all like Cooperstown does on a regular weekend. It's a mad house."
On Friday, the Baseball Hall of Fame will welcome people from around the country and a new class of baseball greats. So far this special anniversary year has seen huge numbers. Easter week saw a 160 percent attendance increase at the Hall of Fame and this weekend is proving to be just as successful.
“I’ve been putting people in Syracuse, Binghamton, Utica for overnights because we're pretty beside one room here or there all the lodging facilities for 50 or 60 miles are filled,” says Deb Taylor, Cooperstown Tourism.
But some say it's the inductees that make this Hall of Fame weekend so special. Those like Joe Torre are still alive and will be on hand for this Hall of Fame induction weekend.
“Hall of Fame weekend is special every year because it's your baseball cards coming to life but to have six headline inductees, three great managers--including Joe Torre who had so much success in New York--two 300 game winners, a guy with 521 homeruns, you're talking about the cream of the crop in baseball. It's a wonderful opportunity for fans,” says Jeff Idelson, president, Hall of Fame.
But not everyone is looking forward to the thousands of people that will crowding the plate in Cooperstown.
“Yeah, our kids were really excited to come play at dreams park and the parents are really excited to see all of this and come downtown i think the parents really enjoy it more than anyone but before the crowds come we're hoping to get back on the plane and head south,” says Jay Artigues, of Louisiana.
But whether you're running away from the crowns or you're ready to rub elbows with the best of the best....Cooperstown is getting ready to hit it out of the park.
The Hall of Fame concert that was schedule for august second was canceled due to lack of ticket sales. But the president of the hall of fame says with tickets selling out for all of the other events he's anticipating a successful induction weekend.
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