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About Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village
Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, a 200-acre mixed use development in Canton, Ohio was made possible through a partnership between the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Industrial Realty Group (IRG). HOF Village, LLC, the for-profit entity charged with the development, originated in 2017.
Thanks to innovative technology and solutions provided by Johnson Controls, the destination will focus on providing high-level experiences that inspire and entertain. The foundation of programming will be the Hall of Fame Village’s core values of integrity, community, respect, and excellence.
During Phase 1 of the development, two major components were created, Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and the National Youth Football and Sports Complex. Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is home to three major events of the Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls (Hall of Fame Game, Enshrinement and Concert for Legends) and also the football programs of Canton McKinley High School and Walsh University as well as being the host for the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships. In addition Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium will host the NCAA Division III National Football Championships in 2020 and 2021. The stadium also uniquely serves as an elite concert and entertainment venue.
The National Youth Football and Sports Complex has hosted over 300,000 tournament participants and their families since its inception in 2017. 80% of these participants are from outside of the state of Ohio. This increase in tourist visitation to Canton has had a positive economic impact on the region via increased traffic in our local hotels, restaurants and businesses. The sports and activities being held in this complex are broad and include traditional sporting competitions such as football, lacrosse, soccer, and rugby and non-traditional events such as kick-ball and quidditch.
Phases 2 and 3 of the Project call for a greater expansion into retail, dining, healthcare, commercial, and residential verticals. Plans include development of a premium hotel, football themed waterpark, a mixed use research/development office building, retail/residential promenade, and healthcare campus. Phase 2 of the development is expected to begin in 2020.
"The Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village team has made great progress, and I know that the very best is still ahead. The future of this project presents even greater opportunity to make an impact that will change the game, the region and the country forever."
President & CEO, Pro Football Hall of Fame
"The vision and reach is greater than we ever could have imagined. The village is creating exciting, immersive experiences that bring people together in a way that has never been done before"
President and Chairman of the Board of IRG, Master Developer for the Village
"Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village is an extraordinary project with great meaning to the state of Ohio and this region of the country, as it leverages the values and popularity of our country’s most popular sport to engage and connect football fans in a variety of innovative ways. I look forward to helping advance this terrific vision into a reality."
CEO of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village
The Ten Main Components to Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village
Hall Of Fame Museum
Since opening in 1963, the Museum has successfully transformed its original 19,000 square feet into an exciting, internationally recognized institution and travel destination.
The “Future 50” Expansion & Renovation Project which was completed in 2013 at a cost of $27 million dollars expanded the museum to 118,000 square feet.
A Game of Life
The Museum continues to journey into the future with the unveiling of its state-of-the-art technology spectacular “A Game for Life” immersive holographic theater which opened in July, 2016.
Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium
Starting with the infrastructure to support current and future enabling technologies our network of fiber and copper data cabling is extremely robust. All facets of HVAC, Fire & Safety, Lighting and Technology will be state-of-the art and provide fans a safe and seamless experience.
Game Changing Stadiums
20,000-seat stadium profiled by Forbes as one of the "13 Game-Changing NFL Stadiums" will have a permanent stage and added luxuries such as cabanas, rooftop observation deck, VIP loges and over 28,000 square feet of premium event space with unique catering options.
Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium was dedicated on Aug. 3, 2017.
National Youth Football & Sports Complex
Advanced Turf Fields
Eight advanced turf fields that will be multi-purposed, lighted and equipped with the latest technology and video capabilities.
World Class Amenity Sports Complex
The sports complex will include full world-class amenities, a football-sized concourse area and a championship field with 3,000 seats. All fields can accommodate a multitude of sports including football, lacrosse, rugby, and soccer.
Hotel and Conference Center
One of a Kind Hotel
A spectacular, one-of-a-kind 243-room football-themed, upscale hotel.
Large Conference Center
25,000 square-feet of conference and meeting space.
Hall of Fame Experience and Waterpark
An interactive and immersive virtual reality experience that places fans not only AT the game but IN the Game!
The indoor amusement park for football will also feature a football-themed waterpark that will be a must-see for all families
Constellation Center for Excellence
A Coaches University, an Institute for the Integrity of Officiating and an Academy of Corporate Excellence
Large Office Space
125,000 square-foot medical/office building
The Center for Performance
100-yard football field and a configuration for a basketball arena that will hold 5,000
80,000 square feet of flat convention space
Player Care Center
Providing a wide range of sports related health care including testing and rehabilitation
LEGENDS LANDING, a football-themed independent and assisted living active senior care facility for retired Hall of Famers and members of the NFL’s Legends Community along with coaches, officials and administrators
Hall of Fame Promenade
Unique offering of restaurants and retail
World's Greatest Sports Bar
“World's Greatest Sports Bar” along with office and residential support
Black College Football Hall Of Fame
A permanent home to share the history and stories of the greatest Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) football players, coaches, and contributors
Future BCHOF/HBCU Classic at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
Annual induction held at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village
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