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The city 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
Industrial conglomerate Johnson Controls has secured the naming rights in a $600m deal to transform the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, into the first sports and entertainment smart city. The estimated $120 million state-of-the-art virtual reality amusement park experience will be completed in early 2019.
The new development is a partnership between the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Industrial Realty Group and will be built on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s campus. It will be known as Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village.
"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," said David Baker, president of Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Under the terms of the 18-year deal, Johnson Controls will become the “Official Smart City Partner” of Hall of Fame Village, which includes venues such as a virtual reality, state-of-art Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Experience. Additionally, the company will also be the presenting sponsor for the annual celebration in Canton each summer that will be known as the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.
A professional services contract will see Johnson Controls’ products, services and solutions used within the new Hall of Fame Village including the museum. This will provide for the creation of a showcase smart city with the company providing its building management systems, HVAC equipment, fire and security systems and other technologies that will assure world-class environments and yield significant operational cost savings over the life of the agreement.
"Our innovative, integrated, technologies will provide the right combination of safety and security at the [village] in an environment that demonstrates how we connect cities that run smartly and reliably," said Kim Metcalf-Kupres, vice president and chief marketing officer, Johnson Controls.
The project is the largest currently under construction in Ohio and is predicted to be a top tourist destination for millions of visitors per year. It is projected to bring $15.3bn in economic impact to the region in its first 25 years.
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