TOWNSHIP – The Ohio High School Athletic Association and the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced a three-year deal on Wednesday for the Hall to host the state football championships in Canton.
Matches, across all seven Ohio divisions, will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium starting in 2021.
Professional Football Hall of Fame Executive Director Steve Strawbridge and OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute presented the partnership at a press conference at the Hall of Fame’s James Allen Family Gold Jacket Lounge .
“The OHSAA is thrilled with this three-year agreement with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as our student-athletes, schools and communities will be able to experience the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and all that Canton and the Hall of Fame Village have to offer, ”Ute said. “We are grateful to the Hall of Fame for its partnership and look forward to working with the Hall throughout the year. “
Canton, Massillon, and Ohio State University have hosted the state football championships at various times over the past 30 years.
With its ties to football and Canton’s rich history, the OHSAA considered the Professional Football Hall of Fame to be the perfect place to host the state football championships.
“The Hall of Fame is proud to treat OHSAA football teams and their fans the same way we treat NFL teams and their fans,” said Strawbridge. “We give them a first class experience while they are here. We accompany the teams around the museum and promote the values of the game. We look forward to providing an exceptional experience for players, coaches, families and fans attending matches in Canton – the pinnacle of football. “
Visit Canton, which first hosted the state soccer championships from 1990 and most recently in Canton from 2017 to 2019, will continue to be a sponsor and partner of the events.
Wednesday’s press conference was broadcast live on the OHSAA Facebook page to www.facebook.com/OHSAASports.
More information regarding the state football championships and ticket sales will be available in the coming months.
ABOUT THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Located in Canton, the birthplace of the National Football League, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit institution whose mission is to honor the heroes of the game, preserve its history, promote its Values and celebrate excellence EVERYWHERE.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
AAM accreditation is a national recognition of the museum’s commitment to excellence and the highest professional standards in museum operations and public service.
Hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world come to Canton every year to experience “The most inspiring place in the world!” Which tells the story of America’s most popular sport.
Fans can also enjoy the Hall of Fame Store at the Hall and online at www.profootballhof.com/store, for merchandise from 32 NFL and Hall of Fame clubs.
The store’s profits support the hall’s mission.
Construction of the Hall of Fame Village Powered by Johnson Controls, a mixed-use development project, is underway in Canton to transform the Hall of Fame campus.
The OHSAA is a non-profit organization that serves its member schools and enriches interscholastic opportunities for students through the regulation, supervision and administration of interschool sports competitions between its member schools so that the interschool program is an integral part of the total educational program of the schools.
For more information, please visit www.OHSAA.org.