Posted January 23, 2024
The College Baseball Foundation and Visit Overland Park announced the first physical location for the College Baseball Hall of Fame will be established in Overland Park.
The inaugural location will be featured in the Museum at Prariefire and will serve as a community-shared asset. The institution honors players, coaches, umpires and administrators who have made contributions to college baseball history at the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA levels.
Set to open its doors sometime in 2025, Visit Overland Park estimates that the College Baseball Hall of Fame will have a multi-million dollar impact on the local economy, according to a release.
Officials believe the Hall of Fame will attract 150,000 visitors in its first year.
“Since Governor Kelly first took office, she has been committed to making Kansas the best place in the nation to live, work and raise a family,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “Bringing a cultural gem such as the College Baseball Hall of Fame to Overland Park will add to our state’s strong array of top-notch tourist attractions and will provide a solid boost to both the local and state economies.”
Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes shares a love for the sport and has become a prominent financial supporter of the project.
“Baseball has been a huge part of my life, and I was fortunate to play the game in college,” Mahomes said in the release. “I’m excited for the College Baseball Hall of Fame to call Overland Park home and join the community that I love so much.”
Established in 2004, the Hall of Fame had its inaugural class in 2006.