HOF Festival

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival is so packed with events, it’s good to come up with a gameplan to work your way through it.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival is so packed with events, it’s good to come up with a gameplan to work your way through it. Joanne Murray, director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Tammy Owens, executive assistant to the president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, collaborated to create this list of best insider tips.

WATCH THE ENSHRINEMENT. All the events surrounding the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival are unique in their own way. But, the true meaning of becoming a Hall of Famer happens during the official Enshrinement Ceremony where each inductee is presented with his bronze bust to be placed in the Hall of Fame for eternity.

ATTEND ONE EVENT THIS YEAR THAT YOU HAVE NEVER ATTENDED BEFORE. There are 15 unique and diverse Enshrinement Festival events from which to choose – truly something for everyone. You might be surprised by how much you enjoy something new, and we feel certain it will give you a renewed sense of appreciation for Canton, Ohio.

PLAN AHEAD,ARRIVE EARLY, BE PATIENT. While traffic and crowds can be aggravating, don’t forget what a privilege it is for us to be able to showcase the Pro Football Hall of Fame and its annual induction ceremonies via this awesome 11-day Enshrinement Festival. Professional staffs and a team of 4,200 dedicated community volunteers have worked hard to make this truly a one of a kind celebration! Relax and enjoy the experience.

PURCHASE TICKETS IF AVAILABLE. Tremendous community support and resourcefulness enable us to keep about half of the events free to the public. However, for those events that require a ticket, or the option to purchase tickets for maximum enjoyment of the event.

BE PREPARED. Dress comfortably, hydrate yourself, wear sunscreen to outdoor events, and have rain gear ready, just in case. One of the most memorable and beautiful fireworks displays occurred during a torrential downpour (the show must go on!) – it was awesome.

BRING YOUR FAMILY,YOUR FRIENDS, AND YOUR CAMERA! Each of the events offers loads of fun and fabulous sights for the nearly 700,000 people who enjoy them. You definitely will want to capture the excitement of the events and the faces of family and friends enjoying them with you. As a bonus, consider entering the Photo Contest.

PUBLIC PARKING INFORMATION. During Enshrinement Festival week, parking is at a premium near the Hall of Fame. Monday-Friday visitors are strongly encouraged to park at the McKinley High School Student Lot. Visitors will then be shuttled to the Pro Football Hall of Fame free. This lot will be open to the general public only Monday-Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, all visitors are strongly encouraged to park at the Stark County Fairgrounds. The parking fee is $5.00 per vehicle. Gates will open each day at 9 a.m. and will remain open until each event (Enshrinement and Game) has concluded. Visitors will be shuttled to within 200 yards of Fawcett Stadium; charge for the roundtrip shuttle is $3 per person. The Stark County Fairgrounds is at 305 Wertz Ave. NW, Canton; directional signage will be posted on I-77 North and South.