Fans headed to Oklahoma City for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships might want to include visits to various landmarks in the area including the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, which on Friday announced extended hours for championships week March 17-23.
The facility will be open Monday-Wednesday, March 17-18, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central. From Thursday-Sunday, fans can visit the Hall of Fame from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Normally, the Hall is not open during the evening, and is only open on weekends for special events.
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame, located in Stillwater, Okla., is about an hour north of Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena, site of the 2014 NCAAs. True to its name, this facility honors the wrestlers, coaches and others who have been enshrined since its opening in 1976. In addition, the Hall of Fame is a museum that has one-of-a-kind displays of actual wrestling singlets worn by the all-time greats, as well as photos and other memorabilia of significance to all phases of amateur wrestling. There’s also a research library with a treasure-trove of wrestling books and publications, a theater for watching films of wrestling matches, and gifts and mementos available for purchase.
“The National Wrestling Hall of Fame is one of my favorite places to visit,” according to Dan Gable, Iowa State wrestling champ, 1972 Olympic gold medalist, and legendary University of Iowa coach. “This museum celebrates the rich tradition of our sport. Be sure to include it in your plans.”
Directions to the Hall of Fame: From the Chesapeake Energy Arena, head north from N. Walker Ave., then turn right on NW Fourth St. Bear left at NE Fifth St.; take the I-235 South ramp. Take the I-40 East exit No. 1A to I-35 North (signs say “Wichita”) and continue north on I-35 47 miles. Take exit No. 174 (Oklahoma state route 51), turn right towards Stillwater, and go east for 15.5 miles on what becomes Sixth St. In Stillwater, turn left on Duck St. Head north to W. Hall of Fame Ave., then turn left. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame is at Hall of Fame Ave. and Duck St.
Other Oklahoma attractions
In addition to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum, you might want to check out these other attractions while at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. (See photo-list…)
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