The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio pays tribute to the talents and triumphs of pro football's greatest stars.
The National Football League awarded the site for the Hall of Fame to Canton in 1961. Canton was an obvious location: the American Professional Football Association, later renamed the National Football League, was founded in Canton on September 17, 1920.
The Canton Bulldogs were an early-day pro football power, even before the days of the NFL. The team was also the first two- time champion of the NFL, in 1922 and 1923.
Groundbreaking for the original construction took place in 1962 and the Hall opened its doors for the first time on September of 1963.
Four expansions have been completed over the years. In addition, the exciting progress is being made every day at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, an $899 million mixed-use development of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's campus, under way in Canton. It will be the first-ever sports and entertainment "Smart City".
The Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium hosts three main events of the annual Enshrinement Week: the Hall of Fame Game, Enshrinement Ceremony, and the Concert for Legends.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
A popular tourist and NFL fan destination, the Hall of Fame has hosted over 10 million fans. Each year, visitors travel from each of the 50 states in the U.S. and from dozens of foreign countries tour the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame Gallery that houses the bronze busts of each of Hall of Famer. Visitors also have the opportunity to learn about each member of the Hall through touch screen kiosks that include bios, photos, and videos on the inductees. The facility houses many other exhibits and interactive displays about the history of the NFL, the Super Bowl Theater, a gift shop, Hall of Fame Cafe, meeting rooms, special events and more.
Legendary Hall of Famer John Madden recently donated his original “Madden Cruiser” to the Hall of Fame. The bus has undergone a makeover to return to its original look. The restored exterior was showcased to guests at the 2018 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, it is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The hours for the remainder of the year are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
We have visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and we highly recommend it to those with an interest in sports and the NFL!
|Exterior view of the Pro Football Hall of Fame|
|Ohio Historical Marker: "The Cradle of Professional Football"
The Hall of Fame interprets and promotes the study of the role of professional football in American culture
|The Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Drive in Canton, Ohio|
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located at 2121 George Halas Drive NW, on the west side of Interstate Highway I-77, close to its intersection with Fulton Road (see map below).
Akron-Canton Airport is located about 10 miles to the north, while Cleveland Hopkins Airport can be reached in less than one hour.
Downtown Canton is 3.5 miles to the southeast.
|The logo of the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the side of the building|
|Banner showing the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017|
|Hall of Fame Gallery housing the bronze busts of each Hall of Famer|
|Inside display celebrating many of the great NFL Hall of Famers|
|Memorabilia on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame ... helmets, uniforms, footballs, newspaper articles and much more|