By Gio Gennero | sports editor
If you’re a fan of the sports world, Waco is an underrated sports hub with plenty to explore. Here’s a quick guide to help you dig deeper.
Texas Sports Hall of Fame | 1108 S University Parks Drive | Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday | $8 for adults, $6 for students, free for children under 5 and the military | There are a number of museums and exhibits to explore, with plenty of sports memorabilia and some really cool things to see. A section of the museum includes highlights from each of the Southwest Conference schools.
McLane Stadium | 1001 S Boulevard Martin Luther King. | Open daily | Public tours start at $10.52 | Home to the 2021 Sugar Bowl champions, the stadium offers both public and private tours, providing insight into the field and unique locations like the Baylor Club.
McLane Student Life Center | 209 Speight Ave | Summer hours will be announced on May 16 | $10 day pass offered to guests, full summer passes available | SLC is many students’ favorite place in Waco. There are four basketball courts that often host pick-up games. There’s also a 53ft freestanding rock climbing wall, 13ft bouldering section, workout room, pool with lazy river, indoor volleyball courts, outdoor volleyball courts sand, squash and table tennis tables.
There are plenty of other free sports venues to visit – such as the Ferrell Center, Baylor Ballpark, and Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium – but their public access is limited.
Throughout Waco, there are also chains for fun, such as Top Golf (high-tech golf), Putters (mini golf) and Main Event (bowling, laser tag, basketball-themed arcade games , baseball and football). Another student favorite is Urban Air, which is a trampoline park with basketball and dodgeball.
If you’re a sports fan in Waco hoping to see some great sights and sweat it out, each of these places offers the chance to make some great memories.