For some lifelong football fans, a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, is almost like a pilgrimage that religious types go on. It’s the place where the history and lore of the game is preserved and displayed.
For the most part, fans have to travel to Canton to see the memorabilia on display, but this fall, the Hall of Fame and several of its enshrines will present a traveling tour of the Hall’s history in a tour entitled “Honor the Heroes,” which will open in Minneapolis in October.
The schedule will feature appearances of living Hall of Famers or “Gold Jackets” including 2015 enshrinees Tim Brown and Charles Haley and other Hall of Famers including Fran Tarkenton, Randall McDaniel, Warren Moon and Mean Joe Greene.
The tour will be a family-oriented interactive experience that bring forward the heroes of the game from its inception, as well as artifacts of the game’s history from the Hall of Fame collection.
In a statement about the tour, Hall of Fame president David Baker said that the popularity of NFL football has been part of the fabric of American life for more than 50 years and that the tour will allow fans to get an up-close look at some of the prized treasures of the game.
“For than a half-century, the Hall of Fame has served as a one-of-a-kind attraction honoring professional football, its heroes, its history and its core set of values,” Baker said. “Now this partnership allows us to bring the Hall of Fame experience to an even larger national audience. The Hall is thrilled to work with VStar Entertainment to create a first-class experience that reflects the high standard of excellence of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”
Several Hall of Famers will attend each of the tour stops. The tour will include Legacy Hall, a showcase of holographic busts of NFL legends which shares stories of their lives and careers, Traditions Stage, which will feature large-screen productions from NFL Films with hourly kids’ press conferences and “chalk talk” sessions, Impact Zone, which gives fans of all ages the chance to test their skills and Hall of Fame Locker Room, which will sell Hall of Fame related merchandise and apparel.
“We’re excited to work with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and bring this unique experience to the fans of professional football across the country,” said Peter Englehart, executive producer for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Tour. “Short of actually visiting the Hall of Fame in Canton, this tour will combine the experience of the game of football through various interactive activities with a unique collection of artifacts from the Hall.”
The first six weekend tour dates have been set, opening at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Oct. 17-18, followed by Detroit’s Cobo Center (Oct. 24-25), Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Convention Center (Oct 31-Nov. 1), Chicago’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (Nov. 7-8), the Cleveland Convention Center (Nov. 14-15) and the Dallas Convention Center (Nov. 21-22).
More dates and cities are expected to be added to the tour for December and into 2016. A limited number of VIP Experience tickets and the opportunity to meet the Hall of Famers and other NFL legends – which includes early access to exhibits and discounts on Hall of Fame merchandise – can be found at the tour’s official website, as well as @PFHOFTour on Twitter and Instagram and ProFootballHOFTour on Facebook.
Hall of Fame exhibit coming to Minneapolis
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