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The diamond anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023 – marks a major milestone in the history of professional football and the history of the National Football League. The celebration will kick off Sept. 8 and run through Sept. 11, with events scheduled for each of the four days.
The Hall of Fame will commemorate this milestone during a multi-day celebration that includes a community day, gala, golf outing and an initiative for the Hall to give back to the community.
Pro Football Hall of Fame 60th Anniversary schedule of events:
Sept. 8 – Hall of Fame Day of Giving Back
Hall of Fame staff will spend the day giving back to the community that has given so much to it. Throughout the day, team members will take part in a variety of volunteer initiatives throughout Stark County.
Sept. 9 – Community Celebration
Celebration to commemorate not only 60 years as an iconic part of the Canton community, but also six decades of support from the community the Hall calls home.
Fans from near and far will join together for a day filled with free family-friendly activities, appearances by the Hall’s mascot Goldy the G.O.A.T., entertainment and other events around the Hall of Fame’s campus.
Stark County residents will receive free admission into the museum.
Schedule of activities on the Hall’s campus:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Goldy's Lemonade Stand and appearances by Goldy the G.O.A.T.
- Canton Fire Obstacle Course
- DJ Krooze
- Hall of Famer appearances
11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Food Trucks - Destefanos & Sugardale
Beer for Purchase
Noon to 5 p.m.
Rock the Lot
12-2 p.m. Trailer Park Ninjas
3-5 p.m. Whiskey Loco
Touch-A-Truck with the Canton Police and Fire Departments
Sept. 10 – 60th Anniversary Gala
The Hall of Fame will host a gala. Guests will mingle with Hall of Famers as the party kicks off with a cocktail hour followed by dinner and an evening of celebration. There will be a live auction, raffle items and other highlights throughout the evening.
For more information on the Gala, click here.
Sept. 11 – Paul Krause Hall of Fame Golf Classic
The celebration wraps up with the Paul Krause Hall of Fame Golf Classic at Firestone County Club.
Golfers will have the opportunity to play Firestone’s South Course with a Pro Football Hall of Famer. Host to numerous PGA tournaments throughout the years, the South Course is considered hallowed ground for golf enthusiasts.
For more information on the Golf Classic, click here.
The National Football League awarded the site for the Pro Football Hall of Fame to Canton in 1961. Groundbreaking for the original construction took place Aug. 11, 1962, and the Hall opened its doors for the first time Sept. 7, 1963.