CANTON, OH—Hall of Fame Village LLC, led by Industrial Realty Group (IRG), has revealed the design, created by Dallas-based HKS Architects, for a four-star upscale hotel that will be a key component of Hall of Fame Village, a nearly $500-million development project of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s campus here.
“This final design concept is consistent with the goal of making Hall of Fame Village world class. This hotel will be extraordinary and unlike anything ever created,” said Stuart Lichter, president & chairman of the board of IRG, the project’s master developer. “An intricate process has been guided by the Hall of Fame’s mission that includes the celebration of excellence everywhere, which has resulted in producing this inspiring design.”
Construction on the property, which will also include a conference center, begins in September. The 243-room hotel will open in May 2018. A decision has not been made on whether the property will be branded as the Hall of Fame hotel or carry another flag.
The hotel will be managed by Crestline Hotel & Resorts, LLC. Part of the team associated with Crestline is Hall of Famer Bruce Smith, whose Bruce Smith Enterprise LLC has partnered with other Crestline hotels.
The football-themed property will include a grand lobby that will serve as the “living room for Hall of Fame Village,” according to IRG, with 40-ft. ceilings, a fireplace, oversized furniture and technology incorporated to accommodate huge projection screens.
A VIP perch and meeting space will overlook the lobby. The ballroom will allow for 600 people for dinner and also include breakout meeting rooms.
According to IRG, the design also includes high-level technology and football-themed guestrooms. The hotel features a two-story Commissioner Suite, and the restaurant will include a large, operable wall that opens to a view of Hall of Fame Village’s Main Street, which will be home to retail, restaurants, office space and residential.