So, you are heading to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend! You are likely wondering what you need to bring and what you should wear while you're there. We have personally made the trip to Canton and spent four days on site during Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls, so needless to say, we have learned a few things we'd like to share with you.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
We cannot stress this enough. You will be doing a lot of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must. We have tried out all kinds of shoes during our time there – we definitely learned what not to wear.
Don't wear brand new shoes that are likely to give you blisters. Depending on the number of events you are attending, you might be able to get away with this, but as mentioned before, you will be doing a great deal of walking. Also, don't wear shoes without any support or the soles of your feet will likely suffer.
We recommend wearing tennis shoes/sneakers before anything else. Considering you might be participating in activities almost all day long, you need a pair of shoes that has good support and won’t leave you in pain. We've also seen many people wear sandals, which are not a bad choice as long as they're comfortable and can hold up all day.
Dress for the Weather
It can be relatively warm in Canton in August. Last year, we saw temperatures in the 70s and 80s. The morning sun was rather hot one day, but overall the weather was comfortable. Several of us wore pants – we weren't necessarily uncomfortable but we definitely would have been content wearing shorts.
On most days, the majority of people wore shorts and a short sleeve t-shirt, but there were several who wore jeans. Last year, wearing pants came in handy because the temperature dropped off and it was a little cool at night. You might want to bring a jacket, but you most likely won’t even need it.
Although it is warm throughout the day, 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.
For the Thursday Night Reception and Gold Jacket Ceremony, guests did dress a little more formally (i.e. business casual). You also have more freedom for what shoes you can wear since you won't be doing a great deal of walking.
Show Off Your Team Spirit
Last year, we saw a lot of people showing off their team’s pride in the way they dressed. Steelers’ fans were the most prominent, so we saw plenty of black and gold in people’s wardrobes. Several people wore the jerseys of the players being enshrined. In general, many people wore a t-shirt of their favorite team. Some people really put in a lot of thought and were decked out from head to toe with t-shirts, necklaces, hats and more. There is definitely nothing wrong with showing off your team spirit – this is the perfect place to do so!
Be Careful What You Bring
As we get closer to the event, I will provide a comprehensive list of what to bring, but I do want to make note of this: be aware of the NFL bag policy. Now, if you don’t plan on going to Tom Benson Stadium for any events, you don’t have to worry about this. But considering the Concert for Legends, Enshrinement Ceremony and NFL/Hall of Fame Game take place at the stadium, you most likely need to be aware of this policy.
You will be searched (limited body pat down/hand wand procedure) and your belongings will be checked before you enter the stadium. The problem is, you can’t just carry any bag. You only have a couple of different options. You can purchase the officially licensed Hall of Fame or NFL logo bag, which is of good size and can hold your belongings. You can tote around a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag, which isn’t a bad choice, it’s just inconvenient. You can also carry a small women’s clutch bag approximately the size of a woman’s hand, with or without a strap.
View more details of the rules here.
Last thing: Keep in mind, you are not guaranteed the chance to go back to your hotel before the end of the day, so if you purchase anything on site, you will likely have to carry it all day.
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