IT’S A ONE OF A KIND 50-YEAR CELEBRATION! It all began on December 9, 1959, when an article appeared in The Canton Repository heralding a home for pro football. The article made the argument for our community—the birthplace of professional football—but to make the Hall of Fame a reality in Canton, the article called for “a combined Herculean effort on the part of civic and sports leaders, industry, and perhaps more important, just plain fans.”
The Herculean effort called for back in 1959 still exists today on an annual basis, with 4,200 extraordinary community volunteers and the professional staffs of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Pro Football Hall of Fame planning and staging the events that surround the central focus of the entire celebration: the Enshrinement of football players, coaches, and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Our community answered that challenge, and just three months later, Canton, Ohio, was named the official site of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Join us this year for what is sure to be a “One of a Kind 50-Year Celebration” in the community that started it all.
The Hall of Fame opened its doors to the public on September 7, 1963, along with the induction of the inaugural class of 17, ushering in what would become 50 years of honoring the legends of professional football. The Enshrinement Festival events were held that same year as a way to feed and entertain the Enshrinees and their families while they were in town. Over the years, the Hall of Fame has enjoyed five expansions, most recently The “Future 50” Expansion and Renovation Project. When completed this summer, the expansion—the largest in Hall history at an estimated cost of $27 million—coincides with our 50th anniversary and paves the way for success in the next 50 years. Likewise, the Enshrinement Festival has grown from just four events that first year to 19 events today, experienced over two and half weeks by nearly 700,000 people, and resulting in an economic impact of nearly $32 million for Canton/Stark County, and $56 million for the State of Ohio.
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QUEEN PAGEANT THU. MAY 9 Young women from Stark County and surrounding communities compete for the title of Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen. The queen and court help to welcome the current Class of Enshrinees to Canton for the festivities, but more importantly, they serve as goodwill ambassadors and role models for youngsters in the community while volunteering their time for a wide variety of civic organizations.
BALLOON CLASSIC/JACKSON-BELDEN FOOD FEST AND FIREWORKS FRI. JULY 19 - SUN. JULY 21 Join in the fun and excitement as 65 hot air balloons take flight! This awesome spectacle delights approximately 130,000 spectators over three days. In combination with the fantastic Food Fest, this free event offers families the opportunity to enjoy dozens of food vendors, live music, childrenâ€™s activities, illuminating Balloon Night Glow and spectacular fireworks!
CONCERT & FIREWORKS SAT. JULY 27 There is no better way to celebrate the Enshrinement Festival than with a giant fireworks extravaganza! Join us in downtown Canton for family fun that starts with a rousing band concert, activities for the kids, and delectable treats for all. Then sit back and enjoy an extraordinary fireworks display by Zambelli – “the First Family of Fireworks!” – choreographed to music and best described as phenomenal!
2-MILE AND 5-MILE RACES SUN. JULY 28 Nearly 1,900 people walk or run in the 2-Mile Race, 5-Mile Competitive Walk, 5-Mile Race and Kids Fun Run. Participants cross the finish line in front of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum, providing a super high-energy atmosphere and wonderful photo opportunities. Costumed characters accompany children six and under as they race to the finish in the free Kids Fun Run, where everyone is a winner! Register for Races at www.bitly/2013races
COMMUNITY PARADE SUN. JULY 28 Enjoy an afternoon in the heart of downtown Canton with family and friends. A wide array of community youth groups, marching bands, antique vehicles, specialty units and a giant helium balloon participate in this spirit-filled community parade.
RIBS BURNOFF WED. JULY 31 - FRI. AUG. 2 Enjoy finger-lickinâ€™ fabulous ribs from local and national vendors, plus a variety of specialty foods. Family-friendly entertainment includes a master sand sculptor and face painting â€“ and the chance to show your punt, pass, and kick skills at the Fantasy Football Zone of interactive inflatables. Then head for the grandstands each night for concerts by regional and nationally renowned recording artists.
FIRST PLAY THU. AUG. 1 First Play officially kicks off the final weekend of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. The event features nearly 1,500 children as they toss an official NFL football from one participant to the next along a three-mile route. The route begins at the iconic location where the NFL was founded, the Frank T. Bow Building in downtown Canton, to its final destination, the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON FRI. AUG. 2 This fabulous luncheon and runway show is arguably the largest and most spectacular fashion show in Ohio! State-of-the-art sound, lighting, and video combine to showcase the seasonâ€™s hottest his and her fashions in a high energy production.
ENSHRINEES’ GOLD JACKET DINNER FRI. AUG. 2 More than 4,000 guests experience an extraordinary evening of cocktails, dinner, and football fantasy as a large contingent of returning Hall of Famers, NFL team owners, and sports celebrities come together to honor the 2013 Class of Enshrinees. An emcee of national acclaim and the presentation of the Hall of Fame Gold Jackets to the Enshrinees make this evening one to remember!
FRIDAY NIGHT RECEPTION AT THE HALL OF FAME FRI. AUG. 2 Enjoy an exclusive event on the campus of the Pro Football Hall of Fame prior to the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Ceremony. Reception includes dinner, beer and wine. Guests will have exclusive afterhours access to the Pro Football Hall of Fame with a self-guided tour of the museum and enjoy a special televised broadcast of the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket presentation.
GRAND PARADE SAT. AUG. 3 Giant helium balloons, fabulous floats, marching bands, antique vehicles, and specialty units are enjoyed by nearly 200,000 spectators along the 2.2 mile route and millions more watching the television broadcast of the Grand Parade. Excitement abounds as fans welcome the 2013 Class of Enshrinees and a large contingent of returning Hall of Famers riding in the parade.
RETURNING HALL OF FAMERS AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS SAT. AUG. 3, SUN. AUG. 4 Preserve your football memories with autographs from Hall of Fame legends as they return to Canton for the Enshrinement festivities. Multiple autograph sessions are held on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus. For participants and times check our website at Profootballhof.com.
ENSHRINEMENT CELEBRATION FAN PARTY SAT. AUG. 3 If you think tailgating along with a Hall of Famer, great music, great food, drinks and beer sounds like your kind of party, then look no further. This exclusive tailgate party on Hall of Fame campus provides entertainment before the Class of 2013 Enshrinement Ceremony.
CLASS OF 2013 ENSHRINEMENT CEREMONY SAT. AUG. 3 The focus of the entire celebration is the emotional Enshrinement Ceremony where the newest Hall of Fame members, the Class of 2013, take their rightful place among pro footballâ€™s elite. In celebration of the Pro Football Hall of Fameâ€™s 50th Anniversary, a contingent of nearly 130 returning Hall of Fame legends will participate in a special salute to the newest members of their exclusive fraternity.
ENSHRINEES GAMEDAY ROUNDTABLE SUN. AUG. 4 Talk about a football fan’s fantasy! A large and enthusiastic crowd enjoys lunch, followed by a center stage roundtable presentation featuring the newly inducted Class of Enshrinees. It’s an unscripted, up-close-and-personal event where the Enshrinees share stories and memories of their careers!
FAN APPRECIATION TAILGATE PARTY SUN. AUG. 4 Kick off the NFL preseason in style at this exclusive fan tailgate party at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Enjoy traditional tailgate style food, Pepsi products and beer. Party with the best football fans around with awesome music and the chance to shake hands with a Hall of Famer.
CLASS OF 2013 AUTOGRAPH SESSION SUN. AUG. 4 Seize an extraordinary opportunity to secure autographs and meet the members of the Class of 2013 up close and personal. Class of 2013 includes: Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson and Warren Sapp.
NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME SUN. AUG. 4 Kick off the 2013 NFL preseason at the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game in Canton featuring the Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins. The game takes place next to the museum on Hall of Fame Field at historic Fawcett Stadium. See the game up close and personal in this 22,000-seat high school venue.
DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION TUE. AUG. 6 Drum Corps fans enjoy the pageantry of the best corps in America, at the peak of their performance just days before the world championships. Precision formations of high-stepping marchers and vibrantly colored costumes are sure to thrill music fans of all ages.
COMMUNITY CELEBRATION DAY SAT. SEP. 7 Join us for a “ONE OF A KIND 50-YEAR CELEBRATION” at the Pro Football Hall of Fame as we mark 50 years since the Hall first opened its doors in 1963 and the first Enshrinement Festival events were held. Seize the opportunity to see the visitor enhancements made during the recently completed “Future 50” Expansion & Renovation Project, meet and greet Hall of Famers and local football heroes, and enjoy fun family activities throughout the day.
2013 CLASS OF ENSHRINEES
LARRY ALLEN Position: Guard/Tackle 6’ 3”, 325 College: Sonoma State, Butte Junior College (CA) 1994-2005 Dallas Cowboys 2006-07 San Francisco 49ers
Position: Wide Receiver 6’ 3”, 202 College: Ohio State 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings 2002 Miami Dolphins
CURLEY CULP Position: Defensive Tackle 6’2”, 265 College: Arizona State 1968-74 Kansas City Chiefs 1974-80 Houston Oilers 1980-81 Detroit Lions
JONATHAN OGDEN Position: Tackle 6’9”, 345 College: UCLA 1996-2007 Baltimore Ravens
BILL PARCELLS Position: Coach College: Colgate, Wichita State 1983-90 New York Giants 1993-96 New England Patriots 1997-99 New York Jets 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys
DAVE ROBINSON Position: Linebacker 6’3”, 245 College: Penn State
1963-72 Green Bay Packers 1973-74 Washington Redskins
Position: Defensive Tackle 6’2”, 300 College: Miami (FL)
1995-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2004-07 Oakland Raiders
“FUTURE 50” EXPANSION & RENOVATION PROJECT The “Future 50” Expansion & Renovation Project, the largest in the Hall of Fame’s history, provides major enhancements to the visitor experience and accommodates the growing number of Hall of Fame guests, especially during the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. The two-year, $27 million project will culminate with a ribbon cutting on June 1 to coincide with the 50th Anniversary celebration, and constitute the foundation for success in the next 50 years. When combined with renovations of recent years, visitors will now have a completely new experience, including:
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• New main entrance and grand lobby with two-story atrium • New Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center • New state-of-the-art, museum-quality environmental control system • New indoor Event Center and outdoor event spaces • Expanded Museum Store • Enhancements to the museum’s surrounding campus
PHOTO CONTEST SPONSORED BY:
CONTEST Snapshot enthusiast or professional photographer? You are invited to enter the annual Photo Contest by taking your best shot at any OUTDOOR Enshrinement Festival event. You are limited only by your imagination! Cash prizes of $1800 may be awarded in a variety of categories, and one of your photographs may even be used in an Enshrinement Festival publication. Entry forms are available on the Enshrinement Festival website or at the Enshrinement Festival office: www.profootballhofef.com Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival 222 Market Avenue North Canton, OH 44702
19 events over two and a half weeks - many events are free some require tickets - all are guaranteed to be fun! For tickets to: Ribs Burnoff Concerts, Fashion Show Luncheon, Enshrineesâ€™ Gold Jacket Dinner, Grand Parade, Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable, and Drum Corps International Please call: 330.458.2048 | ProFootballHOFEF.com For tickets to: Friday Night Reception at the Hall of Fame, Enshrinement Ceremony, NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Autograph Sessions, Fan Parties and Fan Packages. Please call: 330.456.8207 | ProFootballhof.com
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2013 ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL SCHEDULE THURSDAY, MAY 9 QUEEN PAGEANT • Canton Palace Theatre FRIDAY, JULY 19 JACKSON-BELDEN FOOD FEST • KSU at Stark/Stark State Campuses BALLOON CLASSIC & NIGHT GLOW • KSU at Stark/Stark State Campuses SATURDAY, JULY 20 BALLOON CLASSIC • KSU at Stark/Stark State Campuses JACKSON-BELDEN FOOD FEST & FIREWORKS KSU at Stark/Stark State Campuses BALLOON CLASSIC • KSU at Stark/Stark State Campuses SUNDAY, JULY 21 BALLOON CLASSIC • KSU at Stark/Stark State Campuses SATURDAY, JULY 27 CONCERT & FIREWORKS • Downtown Canton - Cornerstone Square SUNDAY, JULY 28 2-MILE AND 5-MILE RACES • Pro Football Hall of Fame COMMUNITY PARADE • Downtown Canton WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 RIBS BURNOFF • Stark County Fairgrounds
10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 5:15 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. Noon 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Noon 12:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 FIRST PLAY 2013 • Downtown Canton to the Pro Football Hall of Fame RIBS BURNOFF • Stark County Fairgrounds FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 RIBS BURNOFF • Stark County Fairgrounds FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON • Civic Center/Cultural Center ENSHRINEES’ GOLD JACKET DINNER • Civic Center/Cultural Center FRIDAY NIGHT RECEPTION AT THE HALL OF FAME • Pro Football Hall of Fame SATURDAY , AUGUST 3 GRAND PARADE • Downtown Canton RETURNING HALL OF FAMERS AUTOGRAPH SESSION • Pro Football Hall of Fame ENSHRINEMENT CELEBRATION FAN PARTY • Pro Football Hall of Fame ENSHRINEMENT CEREMONY • Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium SUNDAY , AUGUST 4 RETURNING HALL OF FAMERS AUTOGRAPH SESSION • Pro Football Hall of Fame ENSHRINEES GAMEDAY ROUNDTABLE • Civic Center/Cultural Center CLASS OF 2013 AUTOGRAPH SESSION • Pro Football Hall of Fame FAN APPRECIATION TAILGATE PARTY • Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME • Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium TUESDAY, AUGUST 6 DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION • Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
All the excitement of this “One of a Kind 50-Year Celebration” and a complete schedule of events are captured in the 2013 “Official Playbook...
Published on May 1, 2013
All the excitement of this “One of a Kind 50-Year Celebration” and a complete schedule of events are captured in the 2013 “Official Playbook...