TOWNSHIP – Workers are moving land, installing utilities, and setting the stage for the next big rooms in the Hall of Fame Village.
A 180-room Tapestry by Hilton hotel will back onto George Halas Drive NW, just south of Fulton Road. The hotel will be connected to an 85,000 square foot football-themed water park.
Two more buildings – a total of 82,000 square feet – will be constructed to the south of the hotel, leading to the Constellation Center for Excellence in an area dubbed the Commercial Parkway.
Work on the buildings, which will house a Don Shula’s restaurant, Topgolf Swing suites and other businesses, is expected to begin before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, teams have completed a spectator seat and a scoreboard at the east end of the Tom Benson Hall of Fame, while construction of the 75,000 square foot Constellation building continues at the west end. of the stadium.
HOF village phase two
The buildings are part of the $ 300 million second phase of the project, known as the Hall of Fame Village, powered by Johnson Controls. Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Co. is leading the development, which is called the Destination and is one of the company’s three business units.
The work of the first phase took place before the Hall of Fame Resort got involved in the project. The development included the construction of the Tom Benson Hall of Fame stadium and several youth fields south of McKinley High School.
All construction is underway on the property around the Professional Football Hall of Fame, stadium and high school.
Plans include building three more youth sports fields to join the five already built and in use. The second phase also included the renovation of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in downtown Canton.
New buildings, streets
Major construction will take place north and west of the Hall of Fame and stadium.
Anne Graffice, executive vice president of public affairs for the Hall of Fame Resort, said most of the work underway is preparing the site. This includes the installation of sewers, water pipes and other utilities, as well as the reconstruction and alignment of some streets.
These projects will take a hiatus this week, so as not to interfere with the festivities marking the dedication of the 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame classes.
âThey’re trying to get it right before the dedication,â said Bill Sherer II. As business manager for Ironworkers Local 550, vice president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of East Central Ohio, and chairman of Canton City Council, Sherer has different views on the project.
âI am very confident that things are moving forward with the Hall of Fame Village,â he said.
Supply chain, shipping delays
Steel for the new buildings has been ordered, but supply shortages have delayed delivery.
âWe are doing whatever we can do,â Graffice said.
Work on the Constellation Center of Excellence began last fall. The building is expected to be ready for tenants by October.
Last week, teams started installing a mesh video screen that will cover part of the building facing the stadium. The system may be operational for the Hall of Fame festivities.
âWe hope it will be ready to roll,â said Graffice.
Delays related to the coronavirus pandemic have slowed the arrival of video display in Canton, Graffice said. The equipment was shipped to the United States from Asia. A labor shortage delayed the unloading of equipment from a ship in California, then factored in its movement across the country.
End zone is finished
Work has been completed at the stadium, Graffice said. The teams installed a dashboard and other equipment at the eastern end where an observation spot was created.
This is a change from previous designs where traditional seating was provided.
The space is similar to the seats that have been added at Progressive Field in Cleveland and other stadiums across the country. It’s large enough to accommodate 1,300 people, but will likely be limited to around 750 people, Graffice said.
Food and drink will be served in the area, and it is open enough to bring food trucks.
Special ticketing will be required for the space, Graffice said. Hall of Fame Resort is considering companies and organizations to possibly reserve the space or purchase ticket packages for different events.
Graffice said the plaza is versatile, interactive, and provides a different experience for both attendees and the event. The company expects it to be engaging and exciting, she said.
More recent development plans called for work on the second phase of the Hall of Fame Village to be completed by 2023. This would be followed by a third phase, which could bring the total project to nearly $ 1 billion. .
âWe are all working very hard to make this a reality,â Graffice said.