CANTON, OH (WOIO) - Stark County is rolling out the red carpet for football fans. It's Pro Football Hall of Fame Week and there are a number of events leading up to the big game.
The bell tolls for more sauce at Massillon's Jack on a Bone stand. People are lined up to try their delicious barbecue. Hundreds went to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for lunch. With lots of options to choose from, it's a feast of food and football, washed down with a little lemonade.
"This week in Canton is it! This is the big week. You get all the festivities here," said Kevin Clugston, of Canton.
"I got excited when we were just driving under the bridge! This is awesome! Seeing the pictures on the side of the field. It's great," said Tyler Ward, of Akron.
The Hall of Fame grounds were flooded with young fans. Friday's NFL consumers are already getting hooked on the game.
Bears fans, Chiefs fans, and Bucs fans are flooding area hotels. All 2,000 hotel rooms in Stark County are full and fans are even spilling into neighboring counties.
A total of 700,000 fans will participate in the Hall of Fame festivities. The Stark County Visitors' Bureau expects $7 million to be pumped into the local economy.
"This is like our Super Bowl here, not only in Stark County, but in all of northeast Ohio," said Ally Bussey with the Canton Visitors Bureau.
The parade featuring current and new Hall of Famers is Saturday morning. The new Hall of Famers get inducted at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday night. The Bills and Giants will play in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Sunday.
"The energy is great. The pride is great. I love to watch the fans. You have the ultimate fans here. It's such a fun atmosphere. It's perfect for everyone, from 8 to 85!" said Bussey.
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