Joanne Murray, VP of Community Events and Sponsorships
Phone: (330) 458-2050
The 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival will feature more legends than ever before. AEROSMITH, Rock’s greatest live act, will perform at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s first-ever Concert for Legends on Friday, August 7 at 8 p.m. ET. The concert will pay tribute to the legends of the Game on the eve of the Enshrinement for the Class of 2015.
“The Hall is thrilled to have legends of the music world honor the legends of the Game,” shared Hall of Fame President David Baker. “AEROSMITH performing in the inaugural Concert for Legends will add even more excitement and energy to an Enshrinement Weekend that kicks off the NFL’s 96th season since its birth in Canton, and the launch to Super Bowl 50.”
AEROSMITH has many Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) who are big fans of the band. Class of 2008 Gold Jacket and former Patriots linebacker Andre Tippett will be on hand for the Concert for Legends alongside an expected 100 or more Hall of Famers and countless other NFL legends.
Concert for Legends tickets go on sale Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. EDT and may purchased on ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or at ticketmaster® retail outlets. Tickets prices: $35, $69, $99, $150 and $225.
The 2015 NFL/Hall of Fame Game between the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers is already sold out. Fans can still purchase enshrinement tickets or ticket packages that include Enshrinement, Game, & Concert tickets. Ticket packages are available online at ProFootballHOF.com/tickets or by calling 1-844-4HOFTIX.
The annual Enshrinement Festival offers a variety of diverse events, both free and ticketed, for fans of all ages and interests to enjoy. For the full lineup of Enshrinement Festival events, visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival website at Profootballhoffestival.com/events. Ticket information for these events is also available online or by calling 1-800-533-4302.
More Schedule Changes for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival:
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival has traditionally held the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner on Friday, the eve of the TimkenSteel Grand Parade and the Enshrinement Ceremony which are held on Saturday. This year the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner will be held on Thursday night, August 6, at the Canton Civic Center. The event will now KICK-OFF Enshrinement Weekend and be televised nationally by NFL Network again this year in a 90-minute broadcast. This allows the concert at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium to happen on Friday.
**EVENT TO KICK OFF ENSHRINEMENT WEEKEND**
The annual Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner will be held on
Thursday night, Aug. 6 at the Canton Civic Center and kick off the 2015
Enshrinement Weekend festivities. The event, where members of the new class of
enshrinees receive their coveted Hall of Fame Gold Jacket, was traditionally held on
Friday, the eve of the Enshrinement ceremony. A new public event that will now
take place on Friday, Aug. 7 will be announced in coming days. The Class of 2015 –
Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will
Shields, Mick Tingelhoff, and Ron Wolf – will be formally enshrined into the Hall
of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 8.
For the second straight year, the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner will be televised
nationally by NFL Network. This year’s show will be expanded from 60 to 90
Each summer for the past 51 years, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
has partnered with the Pro Football Hall of Fame to produce an exciting
Enshrinement Festival that today includes 23 events enjoyed by a total audience of
more than 700,000 fans.
Dennis P. Saunier, President & CEO of the Canton Regional Chamber of
Commerce commented, “We are so delighted that the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket
Dinner has become such an important event of the Enshrinement celebration.
Featuring the event on primetime television gives the community and the Hall of
Fame much more national exposure and is a great way to welcome the Class of
2015 and all of the Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) to Canton.”
In previous years the newest Class of Enshrinees and Gold Jackets would arrive in
Canton on Thursday and attend a private reception at the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame Gold Jacket, created by Haggar®, is one of three icons that
represent an individual’s enshrinement into the Hall of Fame. The others include the bronzed bust that will be unveiled by the enshrinee and his presenter during the
Saturday Enshrinement and the Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence that is given to the
Hall of Famer at his home stadium during the upcoming season.
Tickets to the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner may be purchased through the
Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce by contacting Ticket Manager Kim Miller at
330-458-2048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All available tickets to the 2015 NFL/Hall of Fame Game between the Minnesota
Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers have sold out. However, fans can still purchase
individual Enshrinement tickets and Ticket Packages that include
Enshrinement, Game, and Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner tickets. Tickets
and packages are available online at ProFootballHOF.com/tickets or by calling
The Enshrinement Festival offers a variety of diverse events, both free and ticketed, for fans of all ages and interests to enjoy. For the full lineup of Enshrinement Festival events, visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival website at Profootballhoffestival.com/events. Ticket information for these events is also available online or by calling 1-800-533-4302.
Pete Fierle, Vice President of Communications & Special Assistant to the President
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Collyn Floyd, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
Don’t miss the opportunity to compete in the prestigious Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant. The completed application and a $70 fee must be received by the Enshrinement Festival department at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, March 9.
Applications and tickets are available at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Enshrinement Festival department, 222 Market Ave. N., in downtown Canton, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applications are also available on-line at www.ProFootballHOFEF.com.
Candidates cannot be younger than a high school senior and 18 years old by May 1 or more than 23 years of age before Sept. 1. Candidates must reside and, if employed, work within a 30-mile radius of Stark County.
The Queen Pageant on Thursday, May 7, will begin at 7 p.m. at The Canton Palace Theatre. All seats are reserved at $20 each, and tickets can be purchased at the Canton Regional Chamber, and online at http://www.profootballhoffestival.com/queen-pageant.
At the conclusion of the Pageant, a Queen and five court members will have been selected on the basis of personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community. The Queen and her court will serve as role models and goodwill ambassadors throughout the community, volunteering their time to a wide variety of civic organizations.
For more information regarding applications, tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathy Lindenberger at (330) 458-2056 or visit the Enshrinement Festival Web site at www.ProFootballHOFEF.com.
The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Pro Football Hall of Fame have named two long-time community volunteers to leadership positions for the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival.
Chip Conde, Stark County Property Tax Supervisor and long-time Enshrinement Festival volunteer, will serve as general vice chairman of the Enshrinement Festival activities planned by the Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. And for the fifth consecutive year, Guy Ruda, sales associate for R. Z. Marketing Group, will serve as general vice chairman of the Enshrinement Festival activities planned by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Conde, a graduate of Canton Lincoln High School and the former Mount Union College (now University), has chaired many Enshrinement Festival committees including Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable, Concert & Fireworks, and Drum Corps International, and he continues to serve as a member of each of those committees, as well as the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner Committee. In 2013, he served as co-chair of the 50th Anniversary Community Celebration Day at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He and wife Kathy are strong supporters of the Canton Palace Theatre, including his tenure as a former Board member and current Capital Campaign Chairman. He is a Board member and treasurer of the Friends of the Children’s Network, member of the Canton Lincoln High Alumni Association, and member of the Spanish-American Center.
During the 2014 Enshrinement Festival, while serving in the leadership role as general vice chairman, Ruda also completed his 14th year as chairman of the Enshrinement Committee. He will continue to lend his expertise and extraordinary work ethic by serving in that dual capacity again in 2015. He previously served 18 years as a member of the Enshrinement Committee, as well as three years as chairman of the former NFL Experience Committee. An effective mentor, he provides leadership to his volunteer team by adhering to a favorite motto, “People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher and better than themselves.” Ruda and his wife Gail are the proud parents of David and Danielle.