About the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week

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The 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week will take place in Canton, Ohio, for the 55th time August 2019. This weekend full of events honors those legendary in the sport and serves as the signature event to kick off the NFL football season!

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How to Attend the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week

Attend the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls with HOF Experiences! Official Ticket Packages include premium seating at the Hall of Fame Game, Enshrinement Ceremony and Concert for Legends. Additionally, you will receive access to VIP parties, autograph sessions, exclusive events and more.

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Where to Stay During the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week

Need hotel accommodations? Official HOF Experiences Ticket Packages include 3- and 4-night hotel stays in Canton and the surrounding area. Find out which hotels can be added to your ticket package.

Home2 Suites Canton

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Hampton Inn & Suites Canton

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Comfort Suites Hartville

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Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Events

Learn more about the Hall of Fame sanctioned events and VIP parties that you can enjoy during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week. Click on any of the events below to learn more!

*Event schedule subject to change

View Thursday Events

Class of 2019 Autograph Session

VIP Kickoff Tailgate Party

Game Day Tailgate Party

Hall of Fame Game

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VIP Gold Jacket Reception

Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Ceremony

Private Reception at the Hall of Fame

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Enshrinement State Photo

Returning Gold Jacket Autograph Session

Gold Jacket VIP Party

Enshrinement Celebration Fan Party

Gold Jacket Walk

Class of 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony

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Breakfast with the Busts

Enshrinees' Roundtable Luncheon

Concert for Legends VIP Party

Concert for Legends

Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Parties

Get access to Official VIP parties during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered By Johnson Controls. Parties feature gourmet cuisine, premium beverages, access to returning Hall of Famers and much more. Get a glimpse of last year's parties!


Gold Jacket Club Venue

On Sunday, the Pre-Concert Legendary VIP Party was quite the hit. Guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner (steak, shrimp, green beans, mashed potatoes, salad & fruit) and an open bar to get them ready for the Concert for Legends featuring Tim McGraw!

On Saturday, the Diamond tent hosted the Gold Jacket VIP Party, which once again featured gourmet food, an open bar and music. The highlight of the party was definitely the Gold Jacket appearances! Pro Football Hall of Famers Andre Reed, Randall McDaniel, Derrick Brooks, and Jack Youngblood stopped by to meet our guests and take pictures with them.

We wrapped up the weekend with the VIP Kickoff Tailgate Party. Similarly to the Gold Jacket VIP Party, this party featured more delectable food, an open bar and music. We also had more Gold Jacket appearances, this time from Billy Shaw, James Lofton, Joe DeLamielleure, Jimmy Johnson and LeRoy Kelly. All of the Hall of Famers were very engaged with our guests: Billy Shaw even let people try on his Hall of Fame ring!

HOF Fan Experience Venue

On Sunday, our other guests enjoyed the Official Pre-Concert Party, which featured beer & soft drinks and live music from the Redneck Romeos! Plus, Runaway June – the opening act for Tim McGraw – stopped by to sing a few songs and keep the party rocking.

The Gold tent also held the Enshrinement Celebration Fan Party on Saturday. This party had an array of tasty food and, of course, all the beer you could imagine.

On Sunday, the Game Day Tailgate Party was in full swing with plenty of tailgate-style food, beer and music.

Parking

If you bought hotel accommodations with one of our HOF Experiences packages, you will have transportation provided to and from the hotel and the Hall of Fame grounds. However, if you choose to drive a car, please be aware that parking is limited. Your options include:

1

Next to the Stadium

Preferred Parking next to the stadium is available for purchase. Guarantee yourself a reserved parking stall by visiting etix.com

2

Stark County Fairgrounds

It's just a few minutes away! Set your GPS to 700 Wertz Ave. NW, Canton, 44708. Use the SARTA Bus Shuttle for transportation to Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Directional signage is posted. Pricing is TBD.

Entry Procedures & Bag Policies

We cannot stress enough the importance of knowing and fully understanding the bag policy. The Pro Football Hall of Fame adheres to NFL Best Practices, thus security procedures used during all NFL games will be used at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

As you arrive at the gate for your security check, you and your belongings will be screened for prohibited items. All individuals are subject to a hand-wand screening.


Due to enhanced security procedures the only bags, packages or containers permitted to be carried into the stadium are the following:

  • An officially licensed clear Hall of Fame or NFL logo bag measuring 12” x 6” x 12”. These bags are available for purchase at Store.ProFootballHOF.com
  • A one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziplock bag or similar).
  • A small women’s clutch bag approximately the size of a woman’s hand, with or without a strap.
  • Medically necessary items will be admitted after being screened at the appropriate gate.

PLEASE PLAN ON ALLOWING EXTRA TIME TO ENTER THE STADIUM. Prohibited items discovered during inspections will not be allowed in the Stadium. You may return prohibited items to your vehicle or dispose of them at the gate.

For additional information regarding the clear bag policy please visit NFL.com/allclear.

What to Wear

For the VIP Gold Jacket Reception & Gold Jacket Ceremony

We would recommend dressing business casual. Some guests wear cocktail attire and some wear very casual attire, so a good middle ground would be business casual. For ladies, this may entail a dress or pair of slacks. For gentlemen, this may include a button-down shirt or polo with a pair of khakis. You won’t be doing a ton of walking, so feel free to wear any type of shoe.

For the Rest of the Weekend

Dress comfortably and feel free to show off your team spirit, with a t-shirts or jersey showcasing your favorite team. We would recommend wearing sneakers to avoid blisters or sore feet at the end of the day. Supportive sandals are an appropriate choice..

It is important to know it can get very warm in Canton in August. Last year, we saw temperatures in the upper 80’s and low 90’s. Granted, the historic average temperatures in Canton this time of year hover around 81 degrees for a high and 62 degrees for a low, it’s hard to tell what to expect! It is also wise to pack a poncho or rain jacket just in case on inclement weather.

We recommend packing both shorts and pants to ensure you are prepared for all temperatures. The Hall of Fame is air-conditioned and our party venues are climate-controlled, so you will have the opportunity to get out of the sun. The temperature is known to drop in the evenings so this is something to keep in mind.

Where is the Pro Football Hall of Fame

The birthplace of the National Football League – Canton, Ohio – is home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and hosts the annual Enshrinement Week Powered By Johnson Controls. Keep reading to learn more about the location and view maps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and surrounding area.

About Canton, Ohio

Canton is a city located in northeastern Ohio’s Stark County and is the birthplace of American professional football. This city is not only home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week and Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, but to many other nationally-recognized and historical events and locations. The William McKinley Presidential Library/National Monument and National First Ladies Library and Research Center are a few of Canton’s most popular attractions, along with its 21 beautiful public golf courses making it “Ohio’s Golf Capital”.

The 75,000-person city has a vibrant art community with Canton Symphony Orchestra, Canton Ballet and Canton Museum, along with a thriving medical industry with several world-class hospitals and nearby universities. The upbeat, yet historic city is like no other, and is only 30 minutes from Akron, Ohio, and under an hour from Cleveland.

About Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, home to Pro Football Hall of Fame Field, is housed directly across from the Pro Football Hall of Fame and seats over 22,000 spectators. It is a state-of-the-art high school football stadium featuring Field Turf with a player-friendly rubber base. The recently renovated stadium features bright stadium lights with large screen scoreboard and graphic displays, dynamic sound system, and state-of-the-art professional press box housed by national media for both the Enshrinement Ceremony and Hall of Fame Game. In addition to the annual Enshrinement Week events, Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is home to two colleges and two high schools, as well as many athletic events.

Things to do in Canton

Looking for things to do during your week in Canton? Check out our guide to local restaurants to grab a bite to eat, popular landmarks to visit and more.

Things to Do

Established in 1978, this museum boasts “forty rare and unusual classic and special interest automobiles” displayed among thousands of pieces of historical memorabilia. There’s a little something for everyone in the family in this well maintained and fun museum location in the heart of Canton.

Visit the home the 25th President of the United States. This Library is one of the first of its kind dedicated to the memory of William McKinley. The interactive and hands-on science center is one that will delight the entire family. Be sure to walk through the museum of William McKinley as well as the library. There is also a must-see planetarium on the site that kids will surely love. 

Pay your respects to the late President William McKinley. McKinley’s is known for his many difficult foreign policy decisions. His policy toward China, the Boxer Rebellion, and his decision to go to war with Spain, helped the United States become the powerhouse it is today. This memorial reminds us to take a moment to thank the men and woman before us who have laid the groundwork for the lives we’re living today.

As the cornerstone of the Downtown Canton Arts District, the Canton Palace Theatre is keeping the 20s alive and well in the heart of Canton. You can experience both live shows and movies in this historically beautifully theater.

Learn about the First Ladies of the United States in this historical library. You’ll have the chance to explore the library and the home of Oda Saxton McKinley. Take a stroll through the streets of Canton and appreciate the history of our fine nation.

Where to Eat

TD's Tailgate
Grill

The Bistro at
Gervasi Vineyard

Benders
Tavern

Lucia's
Steakhouse

The
Rail

Where to Shop

The Marketplace at Gervasi Vineyard

Belden Village Mall

Who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 will be announced soon. Some of the greatest NFL players, coaches and contributors will join over 100 other Hall of Famers to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. While we wait for the new class to be announced, learn more about the selection process for how the class is determined.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame 48-Person Selection Committee is given the task of selecting the new class each year. The Selection Committee consists of one media representative from each geographical area with a current NFL franchise. For New York, there are two. There are 16 at-large selectors, including one representative of the Pro Football Writers of America and two members of the Hall of Fame.

The committee’s ground rules require that between four and eight new members are selected each year. Every candidate must receive at least 80 percent of the approval of the committee before he can be elected.

Any player, coach or contributor can be nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame with a stipulation that a player or coach has to be retired for at least five seasons before he can be considered. A contributor does not have a waiting period.

The Selection Committee is polled three different times before the finalists are determined. The Initial Preliminary List is sent to the committee by March 1 and includes any eligible candidates nominated by any person, first-time eligible candidates with strong enough credentials and the modern-era nominees from the previous year’s final preliminary list who received at least four votes in the balloting.

The Second Preliminary List is sent to the committee during the month of September which includes the nominees from the previous list and any additional nominees received since the first list was compiled.

The Third Preliminary List is decided by the committee during the month of November and narrowed down to 25 Modern-Era Semifinalists.

The Final Preliminary List of 25 Modern-Era candidates is narrowed down to 15 Modern-Era finalists in January. Three other finalists are added – the recommended candidates of the Seniors Committee and Contributors Committee.

Prior to the Hall of Fame Selection Meeting in February, the committee is provided with detailed biographies of the 18 finalist candidates. At the annual meeting, the committee discusses the nominees and takes a series of reduction votes.

The senior candidate(s) and contributor candidate(s) are discussed and voted on first. Like the modern-era candidates, they must receive an 80 percent affirmative vote. Next, the committee votes to reduce the modern-era finalists list from 15 to 10 and then once again from 10 to 5. The five remaining candidates are voted on (yes or no) for membership.

In order to assure consideration alongside modern-era players, the Pro Football Hall of Fame decided the selection of older players (who have been retired for at least 25 years) as well as individuals who contributed to the game in a way other than playing or coaching would be decided by a Seniors Committee and a Contributors Committee. Each committee consists of nine veteran members of the overall Selection Committee.

The process for selecting the senior and contributor candidates is very similar to the process for selecting the modern-era nominees. You can learn more about the process