Sports exhibit combines history and entertainment
By Kiko Miyasato
It’s like Disneyland for sports enthusiasts. It’s one of the happiest places on earth for fans who really love the game. At Score! Interactive Sports Exhibit, visitors have the chance to view more than 200 pieces of sports history, as well as indulge in a little sports fantasy.
In the retail Fan Shop, guests can purchase team jerseys, baseball caps, helmets, sports accessories and collectors items. Also in the Fan Shop is an open radio studio, where 30-year sports talk radio veteran Nick Bonsanto broadcasts live at 3 p.m. weekdays, with sports notables often stopping by to guest host.
Through the Fan Shop is the entrance to the attraction, a self-guided exhibit with an array of sports memorabilia. Uniforms are on view, some dating back to the early 20th century, as well as boxing gloves, baseball bats, football helmets, NASCAR fire suits and more. The sports run the gamut at Score!—football, basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, racing—they’re all here. Technology plays a big part, too, with touch screens that allow visitors to view sports stars’ profiles.
As you walk through the different sports halls, test your skills. Record the speed of your fastball, run through a NHL-themed stick handling drill or get under a real racecar in the NASCAR pit stop challenge. In the fantasy sports experience, you can sign with a virtual agent and become a pro athlete. In a “virtual locker,” see your career blossom with a signing bonus, magazine cover, team jersey and press materials.
The museumlike quality of the Score! collection is one-of-a-kind and covers seemingly every sport a fan could love. Combine that with the interactive aspect, and this exhibit truly is a home run.