The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2019; The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2019 was announced Saturday night during the NFL Honors award show, Pro Football Hall of Fame Media Guide; Hall of Famers in the Super Bowl; Hometown Hall of Famers Program; Yearly Finalists; Hall of Famers (Alphabetical) Hall of Famers (By Position) Hall of Famers (By Year of Enshrinement) Hall of Famers (By Franchise) Hall of Famers (By College) Hall of Famers (By Jersey Number) Law, Kevin Mawae, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, and Johnny Robinson) The community of Canton, Ohio successfully lobbied the NFL to have the Hall of Fame built in their city for two reasons: first, the NFL was founded in Canton in 1920 (at that time it was known as the American Professional Football Association); second, the now-defunct Canton Bulldogs were a successful NFL team based in Canton during the first few years of the league. Groundbreaking for the building was held on August 11, 1962. The original building contained just two rooms, and 19,000 square feet (1,800 m2) of interior space.
In April 1970, ground was broken for the first of many expansions. This first expansion cost $620,000, and was completed in May 1971. The size was increased to 34,000 square feet (3,200 m2) by adding another room. The pro shop opened with this expansion. This was also an important milestone for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as yearly attendance passed the 200,000 mark for the first time. This was at least in some part due to the increase in popularity of professional football caused by the advent of the American Football League and its success in the final two AFL-NFL World Championship games.
Inside the original structure in 2008.
In November 1977, work began on another expansion project, costing US$1,200,000. It was completed in November 1978, enlarging the gift shop and research library, while doubling the size of the theater. The total size of the hall was now 50,500 square feet (4,690 m2), more than 2.5 times the original size.
The building remained largely unchanged until July 1993. The Hall then announced yet another expansion, costing US$9,200,000, and adding a fifth room. This expansion was completed in October 1995. The building’s size was increased to 82,307 square feet (7,647 m2). The most notable addition was the GameDay Stadium, which shows an NFL Films production on a 20-foot (6.1 m) by 42-foot (13 m) Cinemascope screen.
In 2013, the Hall of Fame completed its largest expansion and renovation today. Currently, the Hall of Fame consists of 118,000 square feet.
An $800 million expansion project, Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, is underway and will be completed to coincide with the NFL’s Centennial in 2020.
Executive Directors/Presidents of Hall of Fame
Dick McCann (April 4, 1962 – November 1967)
Dick Gallagher (April 1968 – December 31, 1975)
Pete Elliott (February 1979 – October 31, 1996)
John Bankert (November 1, 1996 – December 31, 2005)
Steve Perry (April 24, 2006 – January 2014)
David Baker (January 6, 2014 – present)