Work Begins on Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium


District Council 6-Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania

In November 2014, Football Hall of Fame officials announced that Fawcett Stadium, the storied football stadium that has sat next to the Hall of Fame since it was completed in 1939, will be renovated in time for the 2016 induction ceremony and renamed the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

The $476 million project (BTW – Fawcett stadium was built for $500,000) is projected to create 13,375 jobs, including construction. A project labor agreement was signed for the job which will make the use of local union labor mandatory for developers. This ambitious project will be worked around the 2016 Enshrinement Weekend, with completion of the first phase scheduled for June 2016, and the second phase scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2017. The plans include lowering the field by about 12 feet, and moving the stadium closer to the existing hall. There will be a fan plaza that connects the stadium, with youth fields, hotels and conference centers, restaurants, office space and shopping. Future construction will include Legends Landing, an assisted living facility for Hall of Famers and others from the NFL Legends community. The entire project should be completed by 2020, which is the 100th anniversary of the NFL.