Pro Football Hall of Fame

Pro Football Hall of Fame
Photo of Pro Football Hall of Fame
Location of Pro Football Hall of Fame
Location of Pro Football Hall of Fame
Location of Pro Football Hall of Fame
Established 1963
Location 2121 George Halas Dr NW, Canton, Ohio
Coordinates 40°49′16″N 81°23′52″W / 40°49′16″N 81°23′52″W / 40.82111; -81.39778
Type Professional sports hall of fame
Visitors 191,943 (2010) [1]
President C. David Baker
Website profootballhof.com

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame for professional American football, located in Canton, Ohio. As of 2017, there are a total of 310 members of the Hall of Fame. [2]

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History

Old entrance to The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio

The community of Canton, Ohio successfully lobbied the NFL to have the Hall of Fame built in their city for two reasons: first, the NFL was founded in Canton in 1920 (at that time it was known as the American Professional Football Association); second, the now-defunct Canton Bulldogs were a successful NFL team based in Canton during the first few years of the league. Groundbreaking for the building was held on August 11, 1962. The original building contained just two rooms, and 19,000 square feet (1,800 m2) of interior space. [3]

In April 1970, ground was broken for the first of many expansions. This first expansion cost $620,000, and was completed in May 1971. The size was increased to 34,000 square feet (3,200 m2) by adding another room. The pro shop opened with this expansion. This was also an important milestone for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as yearly attendance passed the 200,000 mark for the first time. This was at least in some part due to the increase in popularity of professional football caused by the advent of the American Football League and its success in the final two AFL-NFL World Championship games. [3]

Inside the original structure in 2008.

In November 1977, work began on another expansion project, costing US$1,200,000. It was completed in November 1978, enlarging the gift shop and research library, while doubling the size of the theater. The total size of the hall was now 50,500 square feet (4,690 m2), more than 2.5 times the original size. [3]

The building remained largely unchanged until July 1993. The Hall then announced yet another expansion, costing US$9,200,000, and adding a fifth room. This expansion was completed in October 1995. The building's size was increased to 82,307 square feet (7,647 m2). The most notable addition was the GameDay Stadium, which shows an NFL Films production on a 20-foot (6.1 m) by 42-foot (13 m) Cinemascope screen. [3]

In July 2017, Hall of Fame President David Baker announced an $800 million expansion project leading up to the NFL's 100th season in 2020. [4]