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Updated 8/1/2017, 8:45 a.m. EDT
The deadline has passed for credential requests and hotel reservations.
** ALL Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls credentials must be picked at the Credential Center located at Lehman Middle School (1400 Broad Ave NW, Canton, OH 44708).
Credential Pick-Up Hours
Media Credential Use:
Please note any member of the media issued a credential to cover the Enshrinement and the Game acknowledge that you have read and are bound by all terms and conditions set forth in the 2017 Credential Memo that will be posted in the near future.
***NOTE: All references to game shall also represent the Enshrinement. All term and conditions in the memo apply to both events. No LIVE television coverage of the Enshrinement is permitted other than by NFL Network and ESPN. No LIVE television coverage of the Game is permitted other than by NBC.
Notice of Credential Use Conditions - 2017 (to come)
Wednesday, August 2 and Friday, August 4
No Credentialed Parking. Parking for the Hall of Fame can be accessed via Blake Avenue south from Fulton Road. Park in Lot A or Lot C as available.
Thursday, August 3, Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6
Media lots for the Enshrinement and Game are located at nearby locations off campus. Shuttles will be provided from the lots to a drop off point located conveniently at the stadium.
Media requesting credentials and parking for the Concert for Legends should contact Jon Kendle.
Note: Shuttles begin at 8:30 a.m. each day and run through 1 a.m. (Fairgrounds) and 3 a.m. (Mercy Medical). Driving Directions to the Media Lot (also included on the back of the passes):
Stark County Fairgrounds:
Set GPS to 700 Wertz Ave. NW Canton 44708
Mercy Medical Hospital:
Set your GPS to 1320 Mercy Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708.
More Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls Related Materials (PDFs)
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pete Fierle, Chief of Staff & Vice President of Communications
Pete.Fierle@ProFootballHOF.com or 330-588-3622
Jon Kendle (inquiries about Enshrinement or Game credentials)
Jon.Kendle@ProFootballHOF.com or 330-588-3629
Saleem.Choudhry@ProFootballHOF.com or 330-588-3614
Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce (inquiries about Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner, Grand Parade, Hall of Fame Fashion Show, Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable)
Collyn Floyd, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
email@example.com or 330-456-7253
Hall of Fame Media Center
A media center staffed by personnel from the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be located inside McKinley High School that is approximately 400 yards from the Hall of Fame. Please enter the Media Center through Door C (on south side of the high school). The Media Center will be open from Wednesday, Aug. 2 through Saturday, Aug. 5.
Please present your enshrinement credential to gain entrance to the Media Center.
Media Center Phone Number: (330) 588-3658
(Subject to change)
Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls Schedule
Revised 8/1/2017, 8:45 a.m. EDT
Wednesday, Aug. 2
10:00 a.m. - Play Football First Play
Location: Opening ceremony - Cleveland Ave./2nd St. SW | Closing ceremony -Front steps of Hall of Fame
Description: The Pro Football Hall of Fame and several Gold Jackets will celebrate the kickoff to the 2017 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls and the NFL's "Play Football" Month from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Canton, Ohio.
Photo opportunities are available at the start and finish of this event.
6:00 p.m. - Play Football Skills Camp
Location: National Youth Football & Sports Complex
Description: A dozen Hall of Famers will be engage with more than 600 kids with a focus on skills plus character development.
Thursday, Aug. 3
11:00 a.m. - Unveiling of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Logo & Dedication of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
Location: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium (West End Zone Terrace Level)
Details: The logo for the $700 million Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village will be revealed. This event will also include the dedication of the brand new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The New Orleans Saints owner will be on hand to unveil a larger-than-life statue of his likeness. This historic event will be attended by a number of NFL and Hall of Fame dignitaries.
8:00 p.m. - Hall of Fame Game
Location: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
Details: Arizona Cardinals (visitor) vs. Dallas Cowboys (home) will kick off the 2017 NFL preseason.
Friday, Aug. 4
11:15 a.m. - Gold Jacket Group Photo
Location: Outside front entrance of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Open to media and the public. (There is no special credential required. Any Media Identification will allow access to the media section for this event).
Details: More than 120 Hall of Famers will pose for a group photo with the Class of 2017 on the steps in front of the Hall of Fame's Grand lobby and entrance.
Noon - Hall of Fame Fashion Show
Location: Canton Memorial Civic Center (1101 Market Avenue N, Canton)
Details: Runway show and luncheon featuring the season's hottest fashions. Credentials are required.
Noon - NBC Sunday Night Football Display Unveiling
Location: Pro Football Hall of Fame (Interactive Exhibit Gallery)
Details: NBC Sunday Night Football will be honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for its record six consecutive TV seasons as primetime television’s #1 show. Hall of Fame President David Baker will welcome the on-air team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya along with executive producer Fred Gaudelli and director Drew Esocoff at the opening of a new NBC Sunday Night Football display in the Interactive Exhibit Gallery (please enter museum through special Media Entrance near the Hall’s main entrance). NBC Sports personnel will be available for comment/photos.
Contact: Dan Masonson, NBC Sports, 917-501-9205, firstname.lastname@example.org
1:15 PM - The NBC Sunday Night Football Media Availability
Location: Media Center at McKinley High School
Details: The on-air team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya along with executive producer Fred Gaudelli and director Drew Esocoff will be available to media. An NBC Sunday Night Football display debuts earlier in the day inside the Pro Football Hall of Fame. SNF was honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for its record six consecutive TV seasons as primetime television’s #1 show.
(Tentative) 1:35 PM - NASA NFL Jersey's
Location: Media Center at McKinley High School
Details: International Space Station Program Manager Kirk Shiremam, who presented 32 unique NFL jerseys to the Hall of Fame's collection during the Hall of Fame Game will be available for questions.
1:50 PM - Chuck Noll Hall of Fame Game for Life Award
Details: Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Merril Hoge and U.S. Football President Scott Hallenback will share details of the new national award program that will recognize the top youth football program in each of the 50 states.
2:15 p.m. - Ambassador Program
Aultman Hospital: 2600 6th Street SW, Canton, Ohio 44710 (New Bedford Entrance)
VA Clinic: 733 Market Ave S, Canton, Ohio 44702
Pathway Caring for Children: 4895 Dressler Road NW, Canton, Ohio 44718
ICAN Housing for Homeless: 1214 Market Ave., North Canton, Ohio 44714
SarahCare: 6199 Frank Ave., North Canton, Ohio 44720
Buckeye Council: 2301 13th Street NW, Canton, Ohio 44708
Stark County Library: 715 Market Ave. N, Canton, Ohio 44702
Community Drop-In Center: 1492 Cherry Ave. SE Canton, Ohio 44707
Altercare of Alliance: 11750 Klinger Ave., Alliance, Ohio 44601
2:30 p.m. - Class of 2017 Media Availability
Details: Members of the Class of 2017. Any 2017 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls media credential will allow you access to the media availability session. **Please note that the Hall of Famers have a full schedule during the week. This is the only scheduled interview opportunity for media with the Hall of Famers during the week.**
3:15 p.m. - Returning Hall of Famers Media Availability
Location: Media Center at McKinley High School
Details: Several of the Gold Jackets (returning Hall of Famers). Any 2017 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls media credential will allow you to gain access to the media availability session.
3:45 p.m. - David Baker, President, Pro Football Hall of Fame
Details: Baker will provide updates regarding the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He will also be joined by Kim Metcalf-Kupres, the Chief Marketing Officer of Johnson Controls to address the $700 million plus Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village project under way in Canton.
6:00 p.m. - Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner (Canton Civic Center)
Details: The Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner is highlighted by the presentation of the Hall of Fame Gold Jacket to the Class of 2017 Enshrinees.
Media Information: Media Kit | Map
Credentials are required.
Light refreshments served in media center at Civic Center - full dinner NOT provided unless ticket purchased.
Saturday, Aug. 5
8:00 a.m. - The Canton Repository Grand Parade
Location: Downtown Canton
Details: Annual parade featuring the Class of 2017 along with the returning Hall of Fame.
Media Information: Map
7:00 p.m. - Class of 2017 Enshrinement Ceremony
The Class of 2017 - Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson and Kurt Warner - will be formally enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 5.
Location: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
Order of Enshrinement: 1. Kenny Easley, 2. Jason Taylor, 3. Morten Andersen, 4. Terrell Davis, 5. LaDainian Tomlinson, 6. Jerry Jones, 7. Kurt Warner
Pre-Enshrinement begins at 6:45 p.m.
*Gates open for media at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Sunday, Aug. 6
12:30 p.m. - Enshrinees Roundtable
Details: Center stage, roundtable presentation featuring the members of the 2017 Class of Enshrinees. Credentials are required.
8:00 p.m. - Concert for Legends featuring Toby Keith & Kid Rock
Details: Media will have limited access to the concert as determined by the performers' PR teams. Any media interested in covering the concert, should email Jon Kendle.
Severe Weather Plan
Media should be aware that the Pro Football Hall of Fame has a detailed plan created in the event of inclement weather during the Enshrinement ceremony.
All efforts will be made to keep the enshrinement on schedule in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The ceremony will proceed even in the case of rain. If severe weather occurs, the Enshrinement would be delayed.
In an extreme case of severe weather, the ceremony would be relocated to the Umstaddt Performing Arts Hall at McKinley High School. There is very limited space for guests and media.
Should this occur we ask the media’s utmost cooperation in following the instructions that will be relayed at that time. Those media on the floor of the stadium should move to either the McKinley Field House or the Media Center which is also located inside McKinley High School.
All media in the press box should remain in that location.
A feed of the Enshrinement ceremony will be provided to all of these areas.
Access to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Any media may enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame during our normal operating hours by presenting a media credential. There is a separate media entrance located to the right of the main lobby starting on Wednesday, August 2.
You do not need to check in with the Hall of Fame’s Communications Department. Media are welcome to shoot B-Roll and do stand-ups but must be self-contained. Any live shots or other special needs for shooting inside the building need to be coordinated through a member of the Hall of Fame’s Communications team.
Space for remote broadcast may be arranged by contacting a member of the Hall of Fame's Communication team.
Written transcripts of the 2017 Enshrinement Ceremony speeches will not be provided. Audio files of the speeches will be posted on the Hall's media site.
Pool Feeds for Enshrinement
Audio mult-box will be located near the Radio/TV media area located on the floor level.
For those who can't take embedded audio, there will be 12 XLR audio outputs available on the same press bridge.
Photographers Workroom (Hall of Fame Game and Enshrinement Ceremony)
A Photographers workroom is available for credentialed still photographers and videographers at the Hall of Fame Game and Enshrinement. The entrance to the workroom is located on the field level of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium at the southwest corner of the end zone (opposite I-77). Signage will be posted throughout the stadium, directing media to this area. Wi-Fi and power is provided in the workroom.
Enshrinement Photo Work Areas
Photographers and Videographers must remain in the outside perimeters of the stadium floor during the Enshrinement. At no time, may Photographers and Videographers enter the seating areas on the floor.
A photo deck for still photographers only is located at the front of house for the Enshrinement. The deck is positioned for a direct angle of the podium on stage. The distance from deck to stage is approximately 50 yards.
Back Stage Photo Op
After each enshrinee finishes his Enshrinement speech, he will be escorted to a stage directly behind the main stage where he will pose with his Hall of Fame Bronzed Bust and his presenter. There are no interview opportunities in this area. Signage will be posted throughout the stadium, directing photographers and videographers to this area. The entire Class of 2017 will pose for one final shot at the conclusion of the Enshrinement.
Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and the Media Center inside McKinley High School have wireless internet access. Use of wireless internet is done at the user's own risk. Viruses, content, and popups will not be filtered or monitored.
The Media Center and Press Box are equipped with wireless. Any individuals who need guaranteed bandwidth speed to transfer large amounts of data should consider purchasing an isolated line through AT&T.
Internet service for general browsing and web access is provided inside Remote Broadcast Area. If you are in need of an Internet connection to stream broadcasts or have specific requirements such as VPN, you will need to purchase a line through AT&T.
Enshrinement Photo Area will have wireless internet access. Due to the high number of outlets utilizing the services at the same time, bandwidth speed could be slowed significantly at times. Any organizations concerned about this issue may want to consider purchasing an isolated line through AT&T.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame coordinates with AT&T to assure the proper location for installation based on the credentials that you have been issued.
Forms to Order Phones & Internet for the 2017 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls
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NFL Frequency Coordinators for 2017 Enshrinement and Hall of Fame Game
Hall of Fame Frequency Coordination Hotline: 1-234-564-3111
Otto Schellin: 412-287-1328