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Cooperstown prepares for Hall of Fame Weekend

One of the world’s most famous athletes will be making his way to Cooperstown this summer, and the locals are already preparing.

Posted: Jan 22, 2020 6:02 PM

Derek Jeter may be one of the most famous athletes in the world, but he’s not getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame unanimously. Of the 397 ballots cast, only one voted no. 7th Inning Stretch CEO Frank Albertine gave us his reaction to that news. 

"Jeter being the second unanimous would have been just that much more awesome to see, but however being that one person, I think a lot of people are going to have a little bit of distain for him. I mean if he’s got a good reason, and he comes out and says what his reasons are, then it might change, but as of right now just being the one guy that kind of put that red X…. I wouldn’t want to be him."

Rudy’s Liquor Store Employee Barry Shelley has been anticipating Jeter’s induction for years, and he’s not the only one excited.

"It’ll be exciting for Cooperstown. I know people have been planning on this ever since he retired from baseball, and especially the local merchants, and the bed and breakfast. They’ve been so excited, and people who open their property to park cars."

Maybe one of the reasons they’re so excited is the amount of money they can charge for access.

"They’re charging $300 a night just to stay in a tent, and they’re getting it, and houses are getting $15-$20 thousand dollars for 2 days stay, so to me it just seems so greedy, but then again, if they can do it, people will pay it."

You don’t have to pay that much everywhere, and Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tara Burke can help with more than lodging accommodations.

"We’re happy to impart any information that we can for any specific information that we can that a traveler has to try to connect them to how they’re best going to be able to navigate around town."

You can contact the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce through their website, or call: 

https://www.wearecooperstown.com/

Phone: (607) 547-9983

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