Cooperstown, NY - After three months of an indefinite closure the baseball Hall of Fame is re-opening its doors to the public putting Cooperstown back in business.
“Well, everybody has been waiting for this day for when the hall would re-open,” said Vincent Russo, owner of Mickey’s Place. “I mean they, as I said, are the reason we got the visitor-ship that we do. Yeah, we have a beautiful lakes and Grand Hotel and other museums but the Hall of Fame is the anchor tenant of Cooperstown's Main Street.”
Just two months ago, Main Street in Cooperstown was filled with closed businesses and sidewalks were quiet.
Now, patrons are taking to the village streets with some businesses reopening their doors.
“Well, we reopened on the actual afternoon that the Governor gave us permission to open. We were able to do mail order for the two week phase prior to that relying upon the Internet and our website to get whatever business we had available to us,” said Russo.
Mickey’s Place, along with other businesses, are limited to 50% capacity in its store.
The Baseball Hall of Fame opening its doors again in phase four of the Mohawk Valley's reopening plan, brings more foot traffic to the area for baseball fans and local business owners.
“It's not our typical summer of visitation,” said Jon Shestakovsky, Vice President of Communications and Education at the Baseball Hall of Fame. “So, hoping that some people will start to filter back in and that will make a positive impact on accommodations, restaurants and shops, all the baseball shops you see on Main Street.”
“Absolutely excited because you know no one comes here to Cooperstown to see me, even my family,” joked Russo. “You know, they come here to go visit the Hall of Fame so this sort of adds a much needed dimension to our overall visitor-ship once the Hall is not open. The town is sort of back in business.”
Russo anticipates more business beginning over July 4th weekend.
The Hall is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with timed admissions tickets available on their website at baseball Hall.org