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Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village is a sports and entertainment city being developed in Canton, Ohio, US. The 200-acre mixed-use development will feature ten major components, including the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, an amusement park, sports complex and a conference centre.

Johnson Controls and the Hall of Fame Village joint venture (JV) between Pro Football Hall of Fame and Industrial Realty Group are developing the $700m project under an 18-year agreement.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2020 to coincide with the Centennial celebrations in September 2020. It is expected to become a top tourist destination, generating $15.3bn in economic activity in Stark County.

Major components of the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village

The ten components of the village include the Hall of Fame Museum, which was opened in July 2016; the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, which is a sports and entertainment complex with a capacity of more than 23,000; and the Black College Football Hall of Fame to honour football players and coaches from Black Colleges and Universities.

The village also includes the National Youth Football & Sports Complex, which is a multi-purpose sports complex with full-field amenities, the Performance Center, which will house a 100-yard indoor football field and basketball arena, the Center of EXCELLENCE coaching institute and the Player-Care Center that will provide a range of services for retired Hall of Famers.

The four-star football-themed Hall of Fame Hotel & Conference Center, the Hall of Fame Promenade featuring retail outlets, office spaces and restaurants, and the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Experience and Waterpark are also part of the village.

Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village facilities and construction

Designed by HKS, the village celebrates the history of football in the region. The amphitheatre-style Tom Benson stadium includes a playing field that has been lowered by 12ft to bring fans closer to the action. Being built in three phases, the stadium also features club seating, luxury suites, sky level seating and five event terraces.

Ground-breaking for the Hall of Fame Hotel was held in April 2017. The 345,400ft² upscale hotel will feature a grand lobby with a 40ft ceiling. A 25,000ft² conference space is also part of the hotel.

The National Youth Football & Sports complex will include eight turf fields, of which three were opened in 2016 and the remaining will open in 2017. The entire complex will be completed by 2018.

The Hall of Fame Promenade and the Center of EXCELLENCE are scheduled for completion in 2019. The Performance Center, which also includes 80,000ft² of convention space, and the Player-Care Center is scheduled for completion in 2020.

The Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Experience and Waterpark will feature interactive games, an indoor amusement park and a football-themed waterpark.

Contractors involved

Johnson Controls will provide a range of services for the village, including building management systems, HVAC equipment, and fire and security systems under the 18-year agreement.

Crestron will supply audio/video automation, lighting and controls for the village.

Motter & Meadows Architects assisted HKS in developing the masterplan of the project.