Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve Its History, Promote its Values & Celebrate Excellence Everywhere
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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, Ohio. It will be the first-ever sports and entertainment “Smart City.” Ten major components will be integrated through technology to subtlety and seamlessly share the values from the Game – commitment, integrity, courage, respect and excellence – with guests in a way that will impact their lives.
In a “smart” city, technologies are connected within and across a secure digital infrastructure, optimizing operations, reducing resource use, and producing meaningful insights that increase productivity, comfort and safety for occupants. Building Systems, information technology, communications, specialty, and more are integrated on a unified, intelligent network, enabling more control and advanced automation, more efficient and sustainable operations, and improved comfort and safety.
The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of building Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, “The Most Inspiring Place on Earth!” is being led by Hall of Fame Village LLC, a partnership between the Pro Football Hall of Fame & Industrial Realty Group.
About the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Located in Canton, Ohio, the birthplace of the National Football League, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution with the Mission to Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values, & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE.
Hundreds of thousands of fans from across the globe travel to Canton annually to experience “The Most Inspiring Place on Earth!” that chronicles America’s most popular sport.
About Industrial Realty Group, LLC
IRG is a nationwide real estate development and investment firm specializing in the acquisition, development and management of commercial and industrial real estate throughout the United States. IRG, through its affiliated partnerships and limited liability companies, is among the country’s largest owners of commercial and industrial properties, operating a portfolio of more than 150 properties in 28 states with approximately 100 million square feet of rentable space. IRG is nationally recognized as a leading force behind the adaptive reuse of commercial and industrial real estate, solving some of America’s most difficult real estate challenges.
About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi-industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our 120,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms.
A historic 18-year partnership between Johnson Controls and Hall of Fame Village was announced on November 18, 2016. The $100M-plus agreement spearheads the creation of the first-ever sports and entertainment “smart city.”
In addition, a professional services contract calls for Johnson Controls’ products, services and solutions used within the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village including the museum. This will provide for the creation of a showcase “smart city” with the company providing its building management systems, HVAC equipment, fire and security systems and other technologies that will assure world-class environments and yield significant operational cost savings over the life of the agreement.
The completion of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village coincides with the Centennial Celebration on September 17, 2020.
HALL OF FAME MUSEUM
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution guided by its Mission to “Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE!” The Pro Football Hall of Fame works collaboratively with the pro football family – the National Football League, the 32 NFL clubs, and other entities.
From its humble beginnings in 1963 to today, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has grown in both size and stature. Recognized worldwide as America’s premier sports Hall of Fame, it is an exhilarating museum and attraction that pays tribute to the talents and triumphs of pro football’s greatest stars. Chronicled within the walls of the Hall of Fame are the stories and circumstances of play that bring to life words such as courage, dedication, vision, fair play, integrity and excellence.
Perhaps the most emotional stop during a tour of the museum is the Hall of Fame Gallery that houses the bronze bust of each of the Hall of Famer.
The museum will be infused with state-of-the-art technology to enhance the world-class sports museum.
The new holographic theater “A Game for Life” is an extraordinary cutting edge, multi-sensory immersive theater that features holographic representations of Hall of Fame legends Joe Namath, George Halas and Vince Lombardi. The experience provides great inspiration to fans by showing how the game of football also teaches lessons about life. The stories of numerous Hall of Famers, including Jim Kelly, Steve Largent, Alan Page, Jim Brown, Warren Moon and Curtis Martin, are shared.
The Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center is where the documentary evidence of the history of professional football is preserved. Within this state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foor facility, a vast archive of more than 40 million pages of documents, primary source materials, and more than six million photographic images are protected with a climate control system. Additionally, it is the repository for the Hall of Fame’s artifact collections that includes more than 30,000 individual objects.
BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
The Pro Football Hall of Fame (PFHOF) and the Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) entered into a historic partnership that provides the BCFHOF with a permanent home at the PFHOF. The partnership also includes a future BCFHOF/Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Classic to be held at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The BCFHOF Induction will also be held in Canton each year.
Twenty-nine of the 318 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (nearly 10%) played at an HBCU. Three members of the PFHOF (Mel Blount, Willie Lanier and Art Shell) serve on the BCFHOF’s Board of Trustees.
The BCFHOF was founded in 2009 by two legendary NFL quarterbacks and African-American pioneers James Harris and Doug Williams. Under their leadership, the BCFHOF has continued to grow, providing a meaningful platform to share the history and stories of the greatest HBCU football players, coaches, and contributors.
TOM BENSON HALL OF FAME STADIUM
The spectacular sports and entertainment complex holds 23,000 and features an NFL caliber press box that also includes world-class hospitality experiences in a variety of settings.
Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium hosts three main events of the annual Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls – the Hall of Fame Game, Enshrinement Ceremony, and the Concert for Legends.
It will be the football home for two local colleges (Malone University and Walsh University) and local high school (McKinley). Recently, the venue was awarded the NCAA Division III National Football Championships in 2020 and 2021. The stadium will also host other athletic events including lacrosse and soccer.
Built in amphitheater style with a large, permanent built-in stage, Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is also an elite concert venue that ranks among the best in the nation due to its unique architecture.
NATIONAL YOUTH FOOTBALL & SPORTS COMPLEX
The complex will include eight state-of-the-art turf fields that will be multi-purposed, lighted and equipped with the latest technology and video capabilities. The sports complex will include full world-class amenities, a football-sized concourse area and a championship field with 3,000 seats. Three fields opened in 2016 and grew to five in 2017.
The complex showcases the best football athletes from across the country at all levels of the game. In addition to football, the complex hosts other sports such as soccer, lacrosse, rugby, and track and field.
All athletes who participate at the National Youth Football & Sports Complex, managed by LEGACY Global Sports, are provided with the Hall's A Game for Life AcademyTM, special character training focusing on the values learned from football and other athletic competition that applies to all areas of life.
The National Youth Football & Sports Complex at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village hosted the first-ever World Youth Football Championships in Dec. 2017. More than 1,700 athletes representing 70 teams from across the continental United States, Hawaii, and Mexico competed in the spectacular inaugural event.
HALL OF FAME HOTEL
The football-themed Hall of Fame Hotel will truly be a one-of-kind upscale scale hotel.
Among the hotel’s highlights:
The Hall of Fame Hotel is part of Hilton’s Curio Collection and will be managed by Crestline Hotels & Resorts.
HALL OF FAME PROMENADE
Centrally located at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village is the Hall of Fame Promenade that will include:
THE CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE
When completed, it will be home to:
The Performance Center will feature an indoor 100-yard football field and a configuration for a basketball arena that will hold 5,000.
It will also have 80,000 square feet of flat convention space. The arena can host other events such as entertainment acts in music and comedy.
The Performance Center also was recently awarded the NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championships in 2022.
PLAYER CARE CENTER
The cutting-edge Player Care Center will provide a wide range of health services and also include LEGENDS LANDING, a football themed, 143-bed independent living, assisted living and memory care active senior care facility for retired Hall of Famers and members of the NFL’s Legends Community along with coaches, officials and administrators.
Current design plans call for a 15-bed surgical hospital, 20-bed behavioral science & addiction center and possible memorial.
JOHNSON CONTROLS HALL OF FAME EXPERIENCE
The Hall of Fame Experience will be an indoor amusement park for football and provide guests with an interactive and immersive experience utilizing the most advanced technology that places them not only at the Game but in the Game! It will also include a center on the science of football.
In addition, the attraction will feature a massive football-themed waterpark.