Football in the United States has become more than just a sport, for many it's a way of life. People have strong attachments to their favorite team, and many young people dream of playing the game in high school, college, and beyond. If you're a fan of the game, then you need to take a trip to Canton, OH to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame celebrates the greats of the game and allows fans to walk through the history of the sport. Read on to find out what you need to see when you visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and don't forget to check into the Select Registry property in town while you're there!
About the Pro Football Hall of Fame
The Pro Football Hall of Fame was opened in September of 1963 in Canton Ohio. The Hall of Fame originally had 17 Hall of Famers, and now there are a total of 287 members. While players outside of the National Football League are included in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there is an understandable emphasis on NFL players. The Hall of Fame was built in Canton due to its ties to the origins of the NFL. Since the original ground breaking, several expansions have been made to accommodate the growing membership and special exhibits.
Exhibits at the Pro Football Hall of Fame
There are many exhibits for football lovers to peruse when they visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In addition to the busts of the Hall of Fame members, the exhibits at the Pro Football Hall of Fame include the Pro Football today Gallery, which keeps track of notable moments in the 2014 NFL Season, as well as traveling exhibits and those that are there for a limited time. The current featured exhibits are the Super Bowl Theatre, and a retrospective on the career of artist, actor, author and professional football player Ernie Barnes.
Events at the Pro Football Hall of Fame
The big event at the Pro Football Hall of Fame is obviously when the new members are inducted. The Class of 2014 included Derrick Brooks, Claude Humphrey, Ray Guy, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, and Aeneas Williams. The ceremony was held at Pro Football Hall of Fame Field in August. That weekend there is also a Hall of Fame football game held at the field, and tickets are available to the public for both events, known as Enshrinement Weekend. Other special events include programs about specific teams, players, and stories.
Staying Near the Pro Football Hall of Fame
When planning your trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, be sure to stay at the Select Registry property in Canton, OH. The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard are the ideal place to call your home-away-from-home during your adventures. This beautiful property is located on 55 acres, with more than five acres of vineyards that produce the grapes for the estate wine. The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard has 25 luxurious rooms with amenities that will keep you in the utmost comfort during your stay. Guests will enjoy sumptuous bedding, bath robes, fireplaces, fine toiletries, and private bathrooms. And each morning you can look forward to an Italian-style breakfast. There's no better way to stay when you visit Canton!