Ready. Set. Redevelopment. The Pro Football Hall of Fame, in Canton, Ohio, has come up with an ambitious expansion plan that includes a hotel, conference center and more, reports The Plain Dealer. The Hall of Fame announced that its board of trustees has approved a master plan to develop the hall's campus into a "Hall of Fame Village," with restaurants, retail and even a residential facility for retired athletes.
"There's an opportunity to be a bigger and more expansive center, more of a family destination, an entertainment destination," sJoe Horrigan, EVP of the hall, told The Plain Dealer. "We've been using the analogy – the Disney World of football."
Horrigan said he thinks the facility can raise the $250 million necessary for this much bigger idea.
Among the parts are a high-end hotel, which could serve as host for the two NFL teams that play in the annual Hall of Fame game every August, a centerpiece of the Hall of Fame enshrinement activities. "The teams that play in the Hall of Fame game always stay in Cleveland," said Horrigan, adding that Canton needs a four- or five-star hotel.
No timetable has been set on the other elements of the development, but there has been talk of trying to have the first phase of the village ready by the 2019 NFL draft, which will kick off the 100th anniversary celebration of the National Football League, founded in Canton in 1920.