CANTON, OH (WOIO) - The Pro Football Hall of Fame dedicated the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium Thursday. More than $700 million was spent on the project.
After being forced to cancel last year's Hall of Fame game because of field conditions, the Hall of Fame members couldn't be more proud of the improved facilities.
"We kept talking about how world class this venue is, it holds 23,000 and is every bit as world class as any NFL stadium," said Pete Fierle, Chief of Staff and Vice President of Communications for the Hall of Fame.
Thursday they dedicated Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, and unveiled a new statue of the field's namesake, and New Orleans Saints owner.
"It's our honor to have you standing here in this end zone, overseeing everything that happens at Tom Benson Hall of fame Stadium," said David Baker, President and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In addition to the new seats, suites and lounges, they are still working on building a hotel and other attractions to help bring more people to Northeast Ohio.
"We'll break ground on a 300,000 square foot Disneyland for football, an indoor amusement park, utilizing the greatest technology in the world, created by the best in Hollywood. It will have an indoor water park that will have a football theme," Fierle said.
They will break ground on a center of excellence, add more youth fields and complete an assisted living center all in time for the NFL's 100th season in two years.
"The economic impact of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village is going to transform Northeast Ohio for decades to come," Fierle said.