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Schedule: Football Hall of Fame weekend events

Canton Football Hall of Fame. (Source: WOIO) Canton Football Hall of Fame. (Source: WOIO)
CANTON, OH (WOIO) -

2014 Football Hall of Fame Game officially kicks off football season and the events are underway.

This year's teams are the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. The game is Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

Before that is the induction ceremony, which is Saturday night. The honorees include Michael Strahan, Derrick Brooks, Aeneas Williams, Andre Reed, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey and Walter Jones.

The weekend's events are listed below:

FIRST PLAY 2014

Thursday, July 31, 10:00 a.m., Downtown Canton to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

First Play officially kicks off the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Weekend. 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.  

HALL OF FAMER PHOTO OP 

Friday, August 1, 9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m., Front steps of the Hall of Fame

Join us as a large gathering of 80+ Hall of Famers pose together on the front steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to celebrate the induction of the newest class of football legends.

FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON 

Friday, August 1, 11:30 a.m., Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center

Guests enjoy a delectable lunch, followed by a show featuring fashions running the gamut from casual to dressy and everything in between. Approximately 150 of the season's hottest fashions are provided by regional stores, showcased by male and female models.   

ENSHRINEES' GOLD JACKET DINNER

Friday, August 1, 5:15 p.m., Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center

The spotlight will be shining brightly on the 2014 Class of Enshrinees during the prestigious Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner on Friday night, Aug. 1, 2014, when the class will receive their Hall of Fame gold jacket. The evening will begin with a cocktail party and dinner prior to offering warm congratulations to the 2014 Class, along with nearly 80 returning Hall of Famers who are expected to be in Canton to celebrate and to welcome the newest members into their exclusive fraternity. The evening's festivities will be emceed by a sports broadcaster of national acclaim. 

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FRIDAY NIGHT RECEPTION

Friday, August 1, 6:00 p.m., Pro Football Hall of Fame

Enjoy an exclusive event on the grounds of the Hall of Fame prior to the Gold Jacket Ceremony. Reception includes dinner, beer and wine. Then guests will have exclusive after hours access to the Pro Football Hall of Fame with a self-guided tour of the museum during a special televised broadcast of the Enshrinees Gold Jacket Presentation. Purchase tickets here

TimkenSteel GRAND PARADE

Saturday, August 2, 8:00 a.m., Downtown Canton

Nearly 200,000 spectators will line the 2.2 mile route to congratulate the Class of 2014 Enshrinees, who will be joined by a large contingent of returning Hall of Famers. Watch as giant helium balloons, marching bands, specialty units, and fabulous floats entertain the crowd in the heart of downtown Canton. This is a classic event that has been attended by generations of football fans and locals alike!  

RETURNING HALL OF FAMERS AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS PRESENTED BY PANINI

Saturday, August 2, Noon, Pro Football Hall of Fame

Preserve your football memories with autographs from returning Hall of Fame legends as they return to Canton for the Enshrinement festivities.  Participating Enshrinees will be signing in hour-long sessions. Prices vary per Hall of Famer.  

FANATICS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH SESSION PRESENTED BY PANINI

Saturday, August 2, Noon, Pro Football Hall of Fame

Preserve your football memories with autographs from returning Hall of Fame legends as they return to Canton for the Enshrinement festivities.  Your favorite Hall of Famers will be on hand to sign football memorabilia during two 1-hour sessions.  

ENSHRINEMENT CELEBRATION FAN PARTY

Saturday, August 2, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Pro Football Hall of Fame

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 grounds provides entertainment before the Class of 2014 Enshrinement Ceremony. Purchase tickets here. 

LEGENDS CLUB VIP TAILGATE PARTY 

Saturday, August 2, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Pro Football Hall of Fame

 Kicking off just prior to the Class of 2014 Enshrinement Ceremony, you will join four members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the game's most elite fans inside the Legends Club for the party of a lifetime. Your ticket gets you inside access for pictures, autographs and an amazing array of food, dessert, soft drinks, as well as a full bar. Purchase tickets here.  

CLASS OF 2014 ENSHRINEMENT CEREMONY

Saturday, August 2, 7:00 p.m., Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium

 The focus of the entire celebration is the emotional Enshrinement Ceremony where the newest Hall of Fame members, the Class of 2014, take their rightful place among pro football's elite. Purchase tickets here.   

ENSHRINEES GAMEDAY ROUNDTABLE

Sunday, August 3, 12:30 p.m., Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center

 The roundtable discussion is an unscripted, up-close-and-personal format where the Enshrinees share stories and memories of their careers. While never knowing for sure exactly what to expect, we can assure you that it will always provide emotion, insight, and humor.  

SPECIAL AUTOGRAPH SESSION PRESENTED BY PANINI

Sunday, August 3, 3 p.m., Pro Football Hall of Fame

 Seize an extraordinary opportunity to secure autographs and meet the members of the Class of 2014 up close and personal.   

LEGENDS CLUB VIP TAILGATE PARTY 

Sunday, August 3, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Pro Football Hall of Fame

Kick off the 2014 NFL Preseason with the ultimate tailgate party inside the Legend's Club. Your ticket gets you behind the velvet rope, where you'll join four Pro Football Hall of Famers, while enjoying an unrivaled spread of food, desserts, soft drinks and a full bar- all while our DJ keeps the party going with the hottest music. Purchase tickets here.

FAN APPRECIATION TAILGATE PARTY 

Sunday, August 3, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Pro Football Hall of Fame 

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 2,000 of the best football fans around with awesome music and the chance to shake hands with a Hall of Famer. Purchase tickets here

NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME 

Sunday, August 3, 8:00 p.m., Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium 

Kick off the 2014 NFL preseason at the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game in Canton. The game takes place next to the museum on Hall of Fame Field in historic Fawcett Stadium. Purchase tickets here. 

DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Monday, August 4, 6:30 p.m., Paul Brown Tiger Stadium (Massillon)

The 2014 Drum Corps International Competition promises to be an exciting show featuring eight of the best drum corps in America, including five of the top twelve. The corps will be at their peak performance levels 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.  

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