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2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Schedule Announced

CANTON, OH (January 9, 2011) – In 2011, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the annual Enshrinement Festival will mark 48 years of excellence in honoring the legends and preserving the history of professional football. Since opening the museum on Sept. 7, 1963, and the Enshrinement of the inaugural class of 17 football heroes, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has gone through multiple expansions and improvements, including the recently opened Lamar Hunt Super Bowl Gallery. Additionally, the Hall of Fame has recently announced plans for a $23.6 million expansion and renovation. The expansion and renovation plan has been dubbed the Future 50 Project, as its completion, scheduled for 2013, will coincide with the Hall of Fame’s 50th Anniversary and constitute the foundation for success in the next 50 years. When combined with renovations of recent years, the Future 50 Project will provide visitors with a completely new experience.
 
Hundreds of thousands of people annually visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame and millions more experience the Hall of Fame through the nationally televised Enshrinement Ceremony and NFL Hall of Fame Game. Like the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the annual Enshrinement Festival surrounding the Enshrinement Ceremony has become a national attraction. Another 700,000 people annually participate in the spectacular multi-day Enshrinement Festival, which has grown from just four small events in the early years to 18 diverse and spectacular events over a nearly two-week period, earning the reputation as a “One of a Kind Celebration” and becoming the standard by which similar festivals are measured.
 
While nearly 24,000 men have played in National Football League games, there are only 260 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame; this number will be increased by not more than seven and not fewer than four when the 2011 Class is announced Feb. 5 during Super Bowl weekend. The newest class of Enshrinees will be celebrated by nearly 700,000 people during the 18 diverse Enshrinement Festival events from July 28 through Aug. 9, 2011. The central focus and highlight of the festivities will be the induction ceremony for the 2011 Class of Enshrinees, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6, at Fawcett Stadium.  Download the Tenative 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Schedule.
 
The two weeks of festivities are expected to produce an economic impact of over $30 million for the Canton/Stark County area and nearly $55 million for the State of Ohio. A team of more than 4,200 extraordinary community volunteers will join with local, regional and national sponsors to provide the resources and cash and in-kind support necessary to plan and stage the activities. A wide variety of sponsorship opportunities are available, each offering a myriad of promotional opportunities in areas such as advertising, sampling, customer and employee hospitality and media exposure.