In a company press release, HOF Village, LLC (HOFV), the owner of the premier sports, entertainment and media enterprise surrounding the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, announced that it will open a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Downtown Canton. The fully renovated hotel, which was acquired by HOFV in October 2019, is expected to open in the summer of 2020, in time to welcome guests for the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.
DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of 580 upscale, full service hotels in 46 countries around the world. For more than 50 years, the DoubleTree brand has maintained its philosophy of making guests feel comfortable while traveling, from welcoming guests with a signature, warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie at check-in and serving the local community, to innovating for the future through contemporary accommodations and amenities. The planned re-design and renovation is estimated to cost approximately $21 million and will include new fixtures, carpeting, furniture, roofing and mechanical systems throughout the hotel. Once complete, the new hotel will offer guests a best-in-class hospitality experience and is expected to benefit from thousands of fans that visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village each year.
“The opportunity to develop a world-class hotel in downtown Canton alongside the brand of excellence that is Hall of Fame Village is unique and allows us to be part of something historic,” said Chris Brock, senior director of development for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, Hilton. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner in this development project.”
“We are thrilled to bring a highly respected hospitality brand like DoubleTree by Hilton to Canton, where we anticipate the hotel will significantly contribute to the revitalization and resurgence of Canton’s active downtown area,” said Mike Crawford, chief executive officer, HOFV. “We look forward to delivering an excellent and comfortable hospitality experience to visitors of Canton, including attendees of conferences, live events and other programming. The addition of an original, upscale hotel to our portfolio allows us to accommodate more area visitors, supporting our strategy to attract year-round talent and entertainment offerings, while integrating with the Canton community.”
The Albert M. Higley Co. of Cleveland, Ohio will lead the renovation’s construction management team, in partnership with Rocky Bleier Construction Group in Pittsburgh, Pa. Arkinetics, a design firm familiar with renovating Hilton brand hotels, will also support renovation efforts. Upon its reopening, Crestline Hotels and Resorts will manage the hotel under a long-term contract.
“We are thrilled to be working with such a dynamic team and are excited to continue to add additional partners as we progress with the renovation, which is well underway,” said Carol Smith, senior vice president, IRG and project executive, HOFV.