Fawcett Stadium: Home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game

By Niala Samnarine

February 21, 2014

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game is the light at the end of the tunnel for many football fans. It marks the end of a six-month NFL offseason, and is the first game of the preseason.

The history and tradition of this game doesn’t end there, as it is also the game played during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Weekend, honoring the new Hall of Fame members. Just like the new inductees the two teams selected to play are announced well before the rest of the scheduled is determined.

But what about this historic site of the game, why was it chosen? How long has it been hosting the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game? We’ve got the answers to all of these questions and more!

Fast Facts

  • The first Pro Football Hall of Fame game was played here on August 11, 1962 (NY Giants 21- St. Louis Cardinals 21)
  • Fawcett Stadium capacity is 22,375
  • Because the stadium is smaller, the game has always been sold out (Quite a long sell-out streak!)
  • The stadium opened in 1938 and cost about $500,000 to make
  • Marion Motley (Hall of Famer) scored the first touchdown in the stadium in 1938
  • From 1997-2000 it was the home of the Victory Bowl (NCCAA Championship Game)
  • From June 27 – July 5, 2009 it hosted the inaugural IFAF Junior World Championship of American Football

About the Stadium

The stadium was named after John A. Fawcett, a former member of the Canton, OH Board of Education, and a well-known athlete. The stadium grounds include a park named “Stadium Park”.

In 1997, $4.3 million worth of renovations and improvements were completed on the stadium. Fawcett Stadium got new locker rooms, a new scoreboard with graphics display screen, new lighting and sound system, new electrical services, a renovated press box, Astroturf, some structural repairs and more! (Pretty snazzy!)

Recently, there has been a $23.4 million dollar proposal from the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce to rebuild the stadium. At over 75 years old it has been determined that rebuilding the stadium will be cheaper than making annual repairs. If approved rebuild could start as soon as August (right after the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend is wrapped).

See the Stadium, Hall of Fame Game and New Inductees!

With plans to rebuild Fawcett Stadium it is likely this will be the last year to sit in the original stadium and be part of history. Combined with the excitement of the first preseason game of the year (Hall of Fame Game) and the opportunity to be a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, there’s never been a better time to head to Canton!

With QuintEvents and NFLOL get your Official Pro Football Hall of Fame Ticket Package and score behind-the-scenes access that you can’t get with just a ticket to the Hall of Fame Game!

Get access to a VIP Friday Night Reception, the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Ceremony, Legends Club VIP Tailgate Party, Red Carpet Walk, Class of 2014 Enshrinement Ceremony, Class of 2014 Autograph Session, Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable Luncheon, of course the Hall of Fame Game, and admission to the actual Hall of Fame!

With your packages, transportation is provided to and from all sponsored event, and you can score tons of 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame memorabilia, not to mention add-on luxury accommodations. So your part in this whole trip is just showing up and enjoying it like a VIP!

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