CANTON, OHIO (July 25, 2013) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Concert & Fireworks activities will be held for the fourth consecutive year in downtown Canton at Cornerstone Square, in the area of Walnut Avenue and Tuscarawas Street, on Saturday, July 27.
Street closings and fireworks drop zone parameters have been closely coordinated with the Canton Police and Fire Departments, and they are as follows:
SET-UP AND DURING EVENT:
- Beginning at 10 a.m.: Walnut Ave. from Tuscarawas St. going north to Fifth St. will be closed; Fifth St. will remain open all evening to vehicular traffic.
- Beginning at 10 a.m.: Intersecting streets including Second, Third and Fourth, will be closed from Piedmont to Cherry (meters will be bagged accordingly).
FIREWORKS DROP ZONE:
- No later than 6 p.m., the buildings, parking lots, and streets within the following area must be vacated: Piedmont on the west through Cherry on the east, and Tuscarawas St. on the north to Fifth St. on the south.
- At 8 p.m., the Cherry Street Bridge will be closed at 11th St. South going north to Tuscarawas St. Vehicular traffic is advised to exit/access Route 30/Interstate 77 via 11th St. and Market Ave. South.
While Tuscarawas St. East will be closed to vehicular traffic between Piedmont and Cherry, spectators will be permitted to set up chairs on that stretch of Tuscarawas.
Following clean-up and removal of staging and equipment, the areas noted above are tentatively scheduled to be re-opened at approximately midnight.
There are many parking options in the surrounding area, including the NewMarket parking garage on the corner of Third and Market Ave. South, which will be open for business. However, the Cornerstone Square and Millennium parking garages will be closed to the public.
The fun will begin at 6 p.m. with food and family fun, including face painting, balloon artists, costumed characters and crafts for the kids in the Chesapeake Energy Family Fun Zone. True Blue will provide musical entertainment. Plenty of souvenirs to will be available for purchase, along with lots of food vendors to satisfy all festival appetites.
The festivities will conclude with an incredible pyrotechnic display launched from the Cornerstone Square parking deck approximately 10 p.m., featuring the magic of Zambelli, “the First Family of Fireworks!”
Enshrinement Festival Facts
In 2013, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 50th anniversary of honoring the legends of professional football, which includes conducting a world-renowned festival celebrating the annual enshrinement of football players, coaches and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The collaborative efforts of this leadership team, combined with the professional staffs at the Canton Regional Chamber and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the dedicated team of more than 4,200 volunteers, will ensure the success of 19 diverse events from July 19 to Aug. 6, 2013.
The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of over $32 million for the Canton/Stark County area and $56 million for the State of Ohio. In addition, millions will experience aspects of the Enshrinement Festival as events are televised and covered by other media.
The central focus and highlight of this year’s Enshrinement Festival will be the Aug. 3 Enshrinement Ceremony for the Class of 2013 Enshrinees: Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson, and Warren Sapp.