CANTON, OH -- Thursday was a big day for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
They started on the construction of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village.
"This stadium was built in 1937 and 1939. So today is a historic day because it's about to come down and in its place is going to be a brand new stadium that could be worth as much as 80 million dollars," said President of the Hall of Fame David Baker.
He said they planned to take down the north stands and lower the field by about 12 feet, then move it closer to the hall. They're also going to build a fan plaza that connects the stadium to the hall. Youth fields will be added as well. There will be a new hotel and conference center too, plus a bunch of restaurants, office space and shopping.
"Over the years, this will become a major tourist attraction when the last phase happens... which is the hall of fame experience, which is kind of like an amusement park... disney landish," explaned Stuart Lichter with Industrial Realty Group.
None of this would've been possible without support from the City of Canton and a lot of generous donors, one of them being New Orleans Saints Owner Tom Benson. The stadium will be named after him.
The project is expected to create more than 1,300 jobs and help generate millions of dollars for the local economy.
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