- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A proposed state construction budget being considered by the Ohio Legislature would grant $10 million to help the Pro Football Hall of Fame reconstruct Fawcett Stadium, the Canton field where the annual enshrinement and Hall of Fame game occur.

The $24.3 million project is designed to preserve iconic and historic elements of the 1938 structure. It will include new infrastructure and seating; new technology systems for sound and video screens; better parking and stadium access; new concession areas and restrooms; and a new plaza adjoining the stadium and the hall. It would be done in two phases, starting this year, and be completed in 2016.

The hall’s new president, David Baker, says it’s important to improve the venue because the enshrinement is attended by tens of thousands of people and watched on TV by millions more.

This year’s enshrinement is Aug. 2.

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