TOWNSHIP – The Ohio High School Athletic Association and the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced a three-year deal on Wednesday for the Hall to host the state football championships in Canton. The games, in all seven Ohio divisions, will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium starting in the fall.
Professional Football Hall of Fame Executive Director Steve Strawbridge and OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute addressed the media at a press conference on Wednesday.
“The OHSAA is thrilled with this three-year agreement with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as our student-athletes, schools and communities will be able to experience the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and all that Canton and the Hall of Fame Village have to offer, “ said Ute. “We are grateful to the Hall of Fame for their partnership, and we look forward to working with the Hall throughout the year. “
Canton, Massillon, and Ohio State University have hosted the state football championships at various times over the past 30 years. With its ties to football and Canton’s rich history, the OHSAA considered the Professional Football Hall of Fame to be the ideal place to host the state football championships.
“The Hall of Fame is proud to treat OHSAA football teams and their fans the same way we treat NFL teams and their fans. “ said Pont de Paille. “We provide them with a first class experience while they are here. We accompany the teams around the museum and promote the values of the game. We look forward to providing an exceptional experience for players, coaches, families and fans attending matches in Canton – the pinnacle of football. “
Visit Canton, which first hosted the state soccer championships from 1990 and most recently in Canton from 2017 to 2019, will continue to be a sponsor and partner of the events.