About the Pro Football Hall of Fame
The Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in 1963 in Canton, Ohio, to pay tribute to the incredible athletes who have made football America’s most popular sport. The 19,000 square-foot museum required expansion due to increased popularity and even more talent in 1971, 1978 and 1995. The now 118,000 square-foot, internationally-recognized museum is continuously advancing with exhibit renovations – four in the last 10 years – the largest and most recent expansion of 38,000 square-feet was just completed in the summer of 2013.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution that focuses on the education, promotion, preservation and honoring of the individuals and moments that shaped professional football’s history.
For more information, please visit the Official Pro Football Hall of Fame Website at www.profootballhof.com
The Pro Football Hall of Fame will continue to be the world’s leading Sports Hall of Fame committed to:
- Celebrating Excellence Achieved by Hall of Famers
- Preserving the History of the Game
- Promoting the Positive Values of the Sport
Inside The Hall
The Hall represents its sport in many colorful and entertaining ways with a multitude of interactive experiences.
Perhaps the most emotional stop during a tour of the museum is the Hall of Fame Gallery which houses the bronze bust of each enshrinee. Completion of the renovated gallery occurred in 2003 and now offers visitors the opportunity to learn about each member of the Hall through touch screen kiosks that include bios, photos, and video on the inductees.
The Pro Football Adventure Room examines the many other pro leagues that have challenged the NFL since its founding in 1920.
The Moments, Memories & Mementos Gallery focuses on the achievements made by the members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. High-tech video, audio, and lighting help bring the treasured artifacts to life in dynamic fashion. The Pro Football Today Gallery examines contemporary themes in the NFL. This area is filled with mementos from recent history-making performances.
The Lamar Hunt Super Bowl Gallery recaps every Super Bowl played to date. Interactive kiosks and rare artifacts bring the Super Bowl to life. The newest gallery in the Hall of Fame is also home to the Super Bowl Theater, an incredible presentation of a NFL Films production.
As visitors leave the exhibit level of the Hall and return to the ground floor, they enter into an interactive area that includes a Teletrivia game, Call-the-Play-Theater, an all-new Madden EA Sports video game display and other exhibits, such as a display devoted to officiating.
Hall of Fame Store
The Hall of Fame’s museum store offers a wide variety of merchandise that includes special Hall of Fame products in addition to merchandise for all 32 NFL teams. The Hall’s store is also available online store.profootballhof.com
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend
The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Celebration is the largest of its kind. Each summer, the community celebrates the enshrinement and the annual NFL preseason game with a 10-day festival. The local Chamber of Commerce Festival Office stages 19 public events ranging from balloon races and ribs cookoffs, to the Enshrinees' Dinner where each member of the new class receives his gold Hall of Fame jacket.
The central focus of the entire Pro Football Hall of Fame Weekend celebration is the Enshrinement Ceremony, where each newly-elected football legend takes center stage and shares with the audience his innermost emotions and career experiences in a heartfelt and emotional acceptance speech. Thousands attend and millions more watch and listen as the nationally televised event unfolds. The annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony is not only a moving and inspirational salute to the game’s all-time greatest players, coaches and contributors; it is also one of the most spectacular events in all of sports.