Johnson Controls and Hall of Fame Village LLC, a partnership between the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Industrial Realty Group, are creating what officials say is the first sports and entertainment “smart city” in Canton, Ohio.
Under terms of the 18-year agreement, which will be called Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, Johnson Controls’ products and services, such as its building management systems, HVAC equipment, and fire and security systems, will be used within the village.
“This is an extraordinary partnership between esteemed partners that celebrates excellence everywhere. Johnson Controls and the Hall of Fame share strong values and a vision improving others’ lives and making the world a better place,” said David Baker, Pro Football Hall of Fame’s president. “This historic agreement will ensure that the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village will be the first smart sports and entertainment city, and will serve to inspire generations of fans as a showcase for state-of-the-art technology products and services to deliver world-class fan experiences.”
Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village is the largest project currently under construction in Ohio, officials said, and is expected to be a top tourist destination for millions of visitors each year. Officials are also projecting it to bring $15.3 billion in economic impact to the region during the first 25 years. The $600 million development project will be completed in 2019, coinciding with the National Football League’s 100th season and subsequent centennial celebration in 2020.
“I’m thrilled that a company like Johnson Controls chose to be part of this very special project taking shape in Canton,” said Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys’ owner, president and general manager.
In addition to the naming rights of the village, Johnson Controls will receive entitlement to the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Experience, an estimated $120 million state-of-the-art virtual reality amusement park experience that’s set to open in early 2019. The company will also be the presenting sponsor for the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week.
“This partnership for the first-ever sports and entertainment smart city is historic and far reaching,” said Randy Hunt, chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Trustees. “Johnson Controls’ commitment to Hall of Fame Village will not only have a positive impact on our project, but on our community and region, as well as the game.”