The "Future 50" Renovation & Expansion Project was completed in the Summer of 2013.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame just completed the largest expansion and renovation project in its history. Coined "The Future 50" Expansion & Renovation Project because it was completed in time of the Hall of Fame's 50th Anniversary in 2013 and set the museum on course for the future. The Hall of Fame grew to 118,000 square feet from 85,000 square feet. An additional 37,000 square feet was renovated as part of the project's second phase.
The groundbreaking and construction of Phase I of the "Future 50" Project began on August 5, 2011. The new grand lobby opened in July 2012 and the Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Hall of Fame Research and Presevation Center was officially dedicated during the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. The final phase will include major renovation of the galleries in the rotunda building and the installation of completely new exhibits and a brand new Hall of Fame store.
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The "Future 50" Project includes:
A new state-of-the-art, museum-quality environmental control system – This will provide the required level of precise control of temperature and humidity throughout the museum.
The Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center – A 10,800-square-foot addition coupled with the renovation of an existing 6,000-square-foot space that will enable the proper preservation and storage of the Hall of Fame's comprehensive and growing collection of pro football artifacts, documents and archive materials relating to the history of pro football. The Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center also enhances the Hall of Fame's ability to use the collection to educate the public about pro football, its origins, and its impact on society and to provide improved access to pro football researchers, historians, and fans.
A new Main Entrance and Grand Lobby – The main entrance to the Hall of Fame was relocated to the center of the museum complex as part of the effort to minimize the infiltration of outside air as necessary to help to precisely control the temperature and humidity in the museum. The new Grand Lobby features a two-story atrium that will dramatically enhance the visitor experience.
A new Special Exhibition Gallery – This space will provide new dedicated space for temporary and/or traveling exhibits.
The Hall of Fame's original iconic two-story rotunda, originally constructed in 1963, will be completely renovated with new displays and retrofitted with proper environmental controls.
New indoor and outdoor spaces for special events – This includes a 3,200-square foot addition provides space for Hall of Fame special events and rental for private events.
Expanded museum retail store space – The Hall of Fame store will grow from 4,000 square feet to 7,000 square feet in size.
New administrative office wing – This was necessary to relocate the staff and free-up prime museum space for the new and expanded exhibits and displays.
Enhancement to the museum's surrounding campus – This includes expansion of outdoor event space, especially for the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival events.