Hall of Fame Village

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Canton Mayor Tom Bernabei says he’s running for a second term, and will be doing so as a Democrat.

In the November 2015 general election, long-time Democrat Tom Bernabei was on the ballot as an Independent candidate. He hadn’t decided to mount a challenge to then-mayoral incumbent William Healy in time to run against him in the May primary for the Democratic nomination.

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The NFL Draft is not coming to Northeast Ohio in 2019 or 2020. And any bids in the near future might pivot away from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Northeast Ohio’s bid to host the draft put the first two days at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, and the last day at the Hall of Fame. But this week, Las Vegas got the nod for 2020, while Nashville was previously selected for next year.

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With a record turnout expected for the upcoming Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival in Canton, some highway access and parking changes for visitors are taking place. 

The interchange for the Hall of Fame from the expressway beside it has been a traffic-flow problem for about half a century. 

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There was a second public input session Tuesday on development around the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. It is part of a federally funded study to find ways to maximize the benefits to the community of the $800 milllion Hall of Fame Village project.

fence around the Hall of Fame Village Hotel construction area
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The first of at least three public forums on how the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village project may affect neighborhoods near it was held Tuesday evening in Canton. 

It was a public gathering but not a traditional presentation. A hundred or so residents circulated among information tables around the room with maps and fact sheets on parts of the project.

Attendees like Larry Fisher of the Meyers Lake neighborhood were disappointed not to see a comprehensive view.  

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Work Resumes on HOF Stadium

Sep 5, 2017
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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
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

Pro Football Hall of Fame
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Swat teams, K-9 units, and fire fighters are expected to spend some time in the neighborhoods targeted for takeover by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village project—but it will just be for practice.

The “Disneyland of the NFL”—as Hall of Fame President David Baker calls it—is expanding into adjacent residential areas, buying the houses which will be demolished as the project goes forward. 

Pro Football HOF Investigates Field Problems

Aug 9, 2016
Pro Football Hall of Fame
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The traditional kick off of the NFL season with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton was supposed to happen Sunday.  It didn’t. 

There were problems with the condition of the field.  Paint used to put the logo at midfield and markings in the end zones dried to a finish that was hard and slick and judged unsafe for players.  That’s why the game was called according to the Hall of Fame.

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Two of this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees are from northeast Ohio.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell says both found the return to the region moving.

Three-time All-Pro offensive tackle Orlando Pace, who was all-everything at Ohio State, is from Sandusky.  And, although he says he’s stayed close with his family there, being back for the Hall of Fame experience is special.

A photo of Power Lines For the Hall of Fame Village.
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What appear to be 80-foot-high goal posts now stand on either side of I-77 where it passes by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.  They’re actually new towers for  new power lines for the new Hall of Fame Village. American Electric Power is putting them in.

Arboretum Park in the Avondale Area of Canton
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As plans continue for the next phase of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village in Canton, a key question has come up.  Citizens at a recent informational meeting asked if the required conversion of a city park to a wetland as part of the project, will cause more mosquitoes.

Ecology consultant Benjamin Schuplin, hired by the parks department to help with responses to Hall of Fame construction, said no.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Village Hotel Concept
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Work on another part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village in Canton is about to get underway.  The design of the four-star hotel and conference center was made public today, along with the announcement that construction will start in September.