The $500 million Hall of Fame Village development in Canton is getting a swoopy, upscale football-themed hotel.
Construction of the 243-room hotel and conference center at the Pro Football Hall of Fame site off I-77 will start in September and is expected to open in May 2018, according to developer Industrial Realty Group and Hall of Fame Village LLC.
“This final design concept is consistent with the goal of making Hall of Fame Village world class. This hotel will be extraordinary and unlike anything ever created,” Stuart Lichter, president and chairman of IRG, said in a statement.
Features of the new hotel include:
• A grand lobby that will serve as the “living room for Hall of Fame Village” with 40-foot ceilings, a large fireplace, oversized furniture, and technology incorporated to accommodate huge projection screens.
• A VIP perch and meeting space overlooking the lobby.
• A ballroom for up to 600 people for dinner and also include breakout meeting rooms.
• High level technology and guest rooms themed in football.
• A two-story “Commissioner Suite” at the peak of the property.
• A restaurant with a large operable wall that opens to a view of Hall of Fame Village’s “Main Street”.
The developers have not decided on whether the property will be branded as the Hall of Fame hotel or carry another name.
Crestline Hotel & Resorts LLC, an independent hospitality management companies, will manage the property.
Besides the hotel, the Hall of Fame Village will include:
• The Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
• A civic and convention center.
• The Center for EXCELLENCE, to train athletes and also have a coaches university, an institute for the integrity of officials, and an academy of corporate excellence.
• A 1,400-seat symphony hall.
• Retail, restaurant, office and residential space.
• Legends Landing, a senior care facility for retired hall of famers, coaches, officials, administrators and others associated with the NFL.