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Canton, birthplace of the NFL, ready to celebrate the league’s centennial, even if coronavirus puts a damper on the party

Artist Dirk Rozich puts some finishing touches on his new mural, The Founders, in downtown Canton.

Story by Susan Glaser (cleveland.com) CANTON, Ohio — One hundred years ago this week, representatives from 11 football teams gathered at an automobile dealership in Canton to talk about forming a league. The National Football League was born. There was no photo of the meeting, but North Canton artist Dirk Rozich recreated the scene in …

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The ELEVEN

The ELEVEN

Story by ProFootballHOF.com The ELEVEN is a $2.2 million multi-year project of ArtsinStark and The Pro Football Hall of Fame with the following goals: To turn downtown Canton into an ongoing celebration of football To create a walkable series of 11 pieces of world-class art To establish a new tourism attraction called The ELEVEN Here …

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Commissioner Roger Goodell celebrates NFL’s 100th anniversary in Canton

Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pose for a photo at the plaque marking the site where the NFL was organized in Canton on Sept. 17, 1920.

Story by Charita M. Goshay (CantonRep.com) CANTON The NFL’s chief executive officer celebrated the league’s 100th birthday on Thursday in the city where it all began. Roger Goodell toured Centennial Plaza, a joint project sponsored by the city and the ProFootball Hall of Fame. He was accompanied by Hall of President/Executive Director David Baker, Mayor …

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Canton, Pro Football Hall of Fame showoff ’excellence’ to nationwide TV audience on NFL centennial

David Baker, president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, prepares for the unveiling of the 11 Player Pylons at Centennial Plaza. The pylons were shown for the first time publicly at halftime of the game Thursday night between the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals.

Story by Steve Doerschuk (CantonRep.com) CANTON On the big anniversary, the big boss thought back to the downtown doings in Canton that Friday a century ago. “I have often wondered if those guys knew where they were going with this,” said DavidBaker, executive director at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Baker seems large enough …

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Ohio’s coronavirus shutdown won’t affect Centennial Plaza

Ohio’s coronavirus shutdown won’t affect Centennial Plaza story photo

Story by Alison Mates, CantonRep.com staff writer (TimesReporter.com) Construction on downtown Canton’s Centennial Plaza will continue amid shutdown.  CANTON Here’s one thing the coronavirus hasn’t canceled: construction of downtown Canton’s Centennial Plaza. “To this point, nothing has changed, which is really good,” chief city plannerDonn Angus said Monday. Gov. Mike DeWine on Sunday announced a …

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