By Matt Jaworski
Labor Citizen Writer
Phase two of the Pro Football Hall of Fame stadium project has hit the two-minute warning.
With just weeks to go before the annual Hall of Fame game, multiple shifts of construction crews are
working to finish the south stands at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, so it is ready for the first National
Football League exhibition game of the year.
The stadium must be ready for its primetime debut Aug. 3 when the Arizona Cardinals face the Dallas
Cowboys to kick off the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week festivities.
According to various media reports, crews are finishing installing the seats in the south stands, while other
work is underway inside the facilities, including the press box and suites.
The same reports estimate that roughly 300 tradesmen and tradeswomen are splitting three shifts of work,
covering roughly 22 hours a day. The number of workers employed is expected to soon jump to 400 in order to
complete interior construction, including electric, drywall and painting.
The Labor Citizen reached out to Dave Kirven, President of the East Central Building and Construction
Trades Council, but he did not return calls seeking comment.
While the total stadium project will not be wrapped up until next year, completing the second phase is
considered a critical milestone.
Last year, through no fault of the building trades members, the Hall of Fame Game was cancelled when
improper paint was applied to the field, which created slippery conditions that the NFL deemed unsafe for play.
In June, the Hall of Fame unveiled a new state-of-the-art field that does not use paint, but instead has
features sewn into it, including the HOF logo, the sidelines, hash marks, yard lines and end zones.
Phase three of the project is scheduled to be completed in 2018 and will cover additional seating and suites
and other punch list items such as landscaping. Once complete, stadium capacity is expected to be around
Work on the stadium and the entire Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village project is being conducted under
a Project Labor Agreement. The Hall of Fame also is committed to using as much local labor as possible, while
also working to award contracts to minority and local businesses, as well as companies owned by actual Hall of
According to a Canton Repository public records request, the stadium project, with financing, is expected to
cost around $137 million. Overall construction costs for the entire project are expected to total $700 million.
The Village project includes the stadium, renovations to the Hall of Fame, a hotel and conference center, a
HOF NFL Experience, youth fields, Legends Landing (a senior care facility for retired NFL players) and the
Center for Excellence, as well as retail, restaurant and office space.
Construction of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village is expected to be finished sometime in 2020 to
coincide with the NFL’s 100th season and centennial celebration.