Cooperstown, N.Y. - President Barack Obama is headed to Cooperstown.

Obama is delivering a speech Thursday afternoon at the Baseball Hall of Fame on the importance of tourism. That will make Obama the first sitting president to visit the baseball shrine, which is closed for security reasons. 

Obama announced the trip during his weekly radio address on Saturday, and he'll take a brief tour before leaving.

The president's appearance comes at a good time for the Hall of Fame, which is expecting a banner 75th anniversary year. Average attendance has declined more than 35,000 the past five years. 

A contingent of area residents is expected to stage a rally urging the president to reject fracking. Obama has come out in support of the method used to extract oil and gas from shale.