Tom Benson Stadium

Malone University Pioneers helmet

Canton’s Malone University is dropping football. In announcing the move, school president David King said it will help the private liberal arts institution eliminate an operating deficit. 

King’s chief of staff is Tim Bryan. He says with a $2.5 million dollar budget shortfall projected for the university, the million dollar a year football program became a logical cut. “It’s part of a larger restructuring, and we’ve been having budget conversations since late fall in anticipation of a February board meeting.”

Front of Pro Football Hall of Fame museum

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. 

Summit County Courthouse

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Jounson Controls Hall of Fame Village website

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Tom Benson Stadium, Canton, OH
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Construction of the new Tom Benson Stadium in Canton was completed in the nick of time for the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame game last August.  But five months later, the sub-contractors who got it done say they are still haven’t gotten paid. 

John Ross is a Northeast Ohio Attorney representing some of the Benson Stadium contractors. He says his four clients are among a group of sub-contractors who filed liens against the property in the past week totally nearly $6 million.

Amer Othman Adi at his place of business in Youngstown
Congressman Tim Ryan's office

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Hall of Fame Village plan
Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton is now a nationally accredited museum.  It’s the first major sports hall of fame to hold that designation. 

Like the Smithsonian or the Ohio History Center in Columbus the Pro Football Hall of Fame is now on the register of the American Alliance of Museums

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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.  

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.