Ohio to spend $10 million on HOF stadium

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The state of Ohio will give a $10 million grant to the Pro Football Hall of Fame to reconstruct Fawcett Stadium, the field where the annual enshrinement and Hall of Fame game take place.

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Fawcett Stadium at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. (Photo from HOF website)

The project is designed to preserve the iconic and historic elements of the 1938 structure. It will include new infrastructure and new seating; new technology systems for sound and video screens; improved parking; improved stadium access; new concession areas and restrooms; and a new plaza adjoining the stadium and the Hall of Fame. The project will be done in two phases, starting in 2014, completed in 2016.

David Baker, the new president of the Hall of Fame, says that "tens of thousands attend the (enshrinement) ceremony each year and millions more watch it on national television. So, it is absolutely imperative that we improve the venue ..."

This year's enshrinement is scheduled for Aug. 2.