Hall of Fame Village

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The new stadium at the Hall of Fame Village already looms over I-77 on Canton’s northwest side, but another phase of construction for the NFL’s newest venue is getting under way.

Crews worked around-the-clock to get the main stands, luxury suites and press box ready for last month’s Hall of Fame festivities and game. But some internal infrastructure and things like the east end zone seating still have to be finished.

Press Box and South Stands
Tim Rudell / WKSU

UPDATE: The Cowboys edged the Cardinals 20-18 in the first NFL preseason game at the stadium.

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, the new $137 million home of the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame game, is dedicated and is ready to go. 

Crews working around the clock finished the stadium in time for its dedication this morning in the name of Tom Benson, the 90-year-old owner of the New Orleans Saints who helped fund it.  And tonight, the for the Cowboys-Cardinals game kicks off the NFL pre-season at the stadium.  

HOF Ground Breaking
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Construction continues around the clock in Canton to turn the Pro Football Hall of Fame into what is being dubbed the Disneyland of Football. Tuesday two project milestones, a completion and a kick off, were celebrated at once.

The wind made it a little bit hard to hear, but the choice of the hill above the Hall of Fame for the dual ceremony had to do with seeing: the last beam dropped into place for the new Tom Benson Stadium; and the first shovel turned for the four-star hotel to be on this high ground of the Hall of Fame Village.

Pro Football Hall of Fame proposal / NFL Hall of Fame

The half-billion-dollar Pro Football Hall of Fame Village project in Canton is supposed to be done in 2019. WKSU’s Tim Rudell says that’s why Canton City Council wrapped up 2016 with tax legislation aimed at supporting the development.

photo of Pro Football Hall of Fame logo
PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has made a multi-million dollar deal with Johnson Controls for naming rights to the Hall of Fame village.

The deal, which according to the Canton Repository is worth more than $100 million, is projected to be the largest ever naming rights deal for this size market.

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