Joe Namath Cuts Ribbon for Hall of Fame Project

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CANTON, Ohio — It’s 50 years old, but the Pro Football Hall of Fame has never looked better.

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath was on hand Saturday to unveil the hall’s new $27 million expansion and renovation, which took about two years.

Sporting his iconic gold blazer, Namath cut the ribbon alongside officials from Canton and the Hall of Fame.

“We knew we had to expand,” said Joe Horrigan, Hall of Fame communications director. “We had grown out of room. We wanted to do something we really had to address, which was to put in proper environmental control systems in to protect the priceless artifacts and documents in our collection. So as that came together, we thought let’s just, all at one time be done, and completed in time for our 50th anniversary celebration.”

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will celebrate its 50th anniversary Aug. 2 through Aug. 4, culminating with the enshrinement of the Class of 2013 and the annual Hall of Fame game between the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.

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