Host an Event

Steps to Hosting Your Event at Centennial Plaza

Looking to host your upcoming event at Centennial Plaza? There are four key steps to successfully apply to host your event with us. Please review the information below very carefully to ensure the accurate and prompt processing of the event reservation request.

Our events team is here to help you plan your event. Have a question? Get in touch with our team!

STEP #1

Review Event Policies
Review Centennial Plaza Event Policies to ensure you understand event regulations.
View Policies

STEP #2

Select Event Location
View the Plaza Map to select the location that matches the needs for your event.
View Map

STEP #3

Review Rates
Estimate your event costs by viewing our reservation rates.
View Rates

STEP #4

Submit Application
Submit an Event Application for Centennial Plaza
Submit APplication

Why host with us?

Centennial Plaza is the “front door” to the City of Canton. It’s a special place to showcase the arts, crafts, music, sports and overall entertainment that bring the “Hall of Fame City” alive for its citizens and its visitors.

Events on Centennial Plaza will benefit residents and business, create a sense of local identity, unite diverse groups and raise community awareness about Canton.

We’re excited to learn more about your upcoming event!

The City and the Pro Football Hall of Fame will sponsor many events throughout the year, but even with those opportunities for the public to gather, times and dates remain available for other individuals and groups to host events at Centennial Plaza’s many available spaces.

It is vital that all events are well-organized and reflect the best entertainment and community involvement we can provide. For that reason, guidelines have been put in place to protect the health and safety of event guests and others using the Plaza and to preserve Centennial Plaza for years to come. These guidelines cover such topics as event licensing procedures, advertising and promotion of events, food and alcohol availability, using the Plaza’s sound system and video boards, animal control, insurance, parking, photography and various items prohibited in the Plaza.

Who can host with us?

Late Requests

Requests not received within 30 days of the event date may be denied.

Changes

Any changes to the original Event Application must be submitted a minimum of five (5) working days prior to the scheduled event. Additional Direct Cost fees may apply.

Cancellations

The cancellation of an event must be done a minimum of ten (10) working days prior to the scheduled event. Responsible parties will be held financially accountable for all charges that would have been incurred because of commitments made to facilitate the event if proper notice is not provided to Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Direct Costs

Are defined as all fees associated with having an event in Centennial Plaza, except for the actual reservation rates. Direct expenses include but are not limited to:

  • Operations personnel required to service the event
  • Audio/visual technical support
  • Rental equipment
  • Utilities
  • Trash removal
  • Police and/or fire
  • Security
  • Temporary barricades
  • Parking
  • Alcohol

Step #1

Event Policies

Centennial Plaza is the property of the City of Canton and its use is subject to all applicable city ordinances, rules, and regulations. The City of Canton by contract agreement has designated the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Museum (HOF) to maintain, operate, program and market Centennial Plaza.

The Centennial Plaza Policies and Procedures shall be applied in an impartial and consistent manner. These policies and procedures are applicable to all event licensees and visitors to Centennial Plaza, with the expectation that while on city property all are required to adhere to the standards of conduct applicable to city ordinances and abide by all pertinent city regulations.

Event Licensees are not permitted to use any additional Centennial Plaza areas that are not approved on the Event Application Form and Contract, nor negotiate, sublease, or assign areas with external organizations, except in coordination with the HOF and/or City.

The privilege of using Centennial Plaza is subject to permissions from the HOF and the City, and a fully executed Event Application and Contract. The ultimate responsibility for the event, and for all liability for any personal injury or property damage resulting from the event, rests with the Event Licensee.

Refer to the Centennial Plaza Map located in the Event Planning Tools of our website for current space diagrams and utility placement restrictions. 

To ensure dining events are controlled and to maintain the required standards for food safety, the following food and beverage policies pertain to events in Centennial Plaza spaces:

  1. Food from Jerzee’s Café must be used for any/all events held inside Centennial Plaza. No outside food can be brought in.
  2. If other arrangements are made with HOF staff to not use Jerzee’s, a City of Canton Food and Health License must be presented by the Licensee for all catering/dining/food events. Review Food and Health License.
  3. All donated food must be processed or prepared in a licensed food service operation, or in an establishment or place, meeting equivalent requirements of the Ohio Department of Health. A letter of donation from the licensed food operator must accompany the Event Request Form.
  4. FOOD TRUCKS/VENDORS – Event Licensees who intend to utilize mobile food vending shall adhere to Section 1148.12 of Part Eleven – Planning and Zoning Code of the Codified Ordinance of the City of Canton. Review Section 1148.12 code. All food trucks and/or temporary food vendors must be inspected and/or approved by the Canton City Health Department and adhere to all rules, as outlined by the Ohio Health Department and Canton City Health Department.

Alcohol for sale at events will be exclusively managed by the HOF and Jerzee’s Café, which holds the State of Ohio Liquor Permit for Jerzee’s Café and the Centennial Plaza Social Garden. The distribution of beverages, regardless of type and/or quantity, is the sole and exclusive responsibility of Jerzee’s Café. Review F2 Permit Application.

  1. a) Event Licensee Responsibilities – Jerzee’s Café is the sole purchasing agent, purveyor, and distribution agent for all alcohol sold and distributed for events held within Centennial Plaza. Donated spirituous liquor, wine, wine coolers, beer, or similar products are not permitted to be served, sold, or distributed by the Event Licensee or their agents.

 

The Licensee agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the HOF and Jerzee’s Café, administrator, officers, employees, representatives and agents from any and all claims, damages, losses, demands, actions, causes of actions, judgments, citations, violations, and any other costs or expenses arising from and related to the sale or furnishing of alcohol at the intended event, breach of any of warranties and /or representation, and violations of applicable laws. The Event Licensee is solely responsible for understanding and abiding by all state and local laws and regulations related to the use and distribution of alcohol. 

The ultimate responsibility for the event, and for all liability for any personal injury or property damage resulting from the event, rests with the Event Licensee.

The Event Licensee will comply with all HOF and Jerzee’s Café alcohol policies, applicable laws, including but not limited to those pertaining to permits, purchase of alcohol, sale of alcohol, and keeping all alcohol consumption within designated areas. 

If at any time the organizer is found to be in violation of any alcohol-related Ordinances, or City policies or procedures, all sales and/or consumption of alcohol will be stopped immediately up to and including eviction from the event site.

In accordance with City of Canton sound ordinances, events with amplified sound are only permitted between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Amplified noise and/or music must be approved in advance by the City of Canton and HOF. The City of Canton and the HOF reserve the right to require any group whose noise levels disturb another group within the property to reduce their sound to a reasonable level that does not disturb any other group. If you feel that your event will have high noise levels at any time (including bands, shouting, singing, or other noise), please notify a representative with HOF.

Sound levels are to remain compliant with, and are not too exceed, provisions outlined within Section 509.04 of Part Five – General Offenses Code of the Codified Ordinance of the City of Canton. The HOF reserves the right to establish acceptable decibel levels for amplified sound events, and reserves the right to interrupt and if necessary, terminate performances in order to remain compliant. Review Section 509.04.

All sign/banner placement requests for Centennial Plaza property must be approved by the HOF prior to placement. Signs, decorations, and related materials may not be taped, wired, tacked, stapled, nailed, or affixed in any manner without prior approval. Event marketing is available, at the discretion of the HOF, on the digital large video screen and kiosks. Additional fees may be required. All content for use on LED boards and/or digital kiosks must be pre-approved and provided to the HOF at least five (5) days prior to the event. Creative specifications will be provided upon confirmation of event booking by the HOF.

Electrical services for the needs of events are available at various access points throughout Centennial Plaza. All electrical equipment must meet applicable National Electric Codes and City of Canton code requirements. Any damage to these electric outlets will be invoiced to the Licensee. Review Code Requirements.

Water services, including irrigation and drainage, are provided throughout Centennial Plaza. Only food grade hoses and approved potable water containers can be used for water supply. All waste-water (i.e. from hand washing and 3-sink setups) must be disposed of onsite in sanitary sewer or an approved holding tank for later disposal in a sanitary sewer. NO waste-water is to be dumped on the ground, in the restrooms, in dumpsters, or into storm drains.

a. Licensee must provide evidence of Commercial General Liability insurance, without a deductible, in limits of not less than one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) per occurrence for bodily injury and property damage.

b. Licensee agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the City of Canton, the HOF and their employees from any and all liabilities, claims, demands, damages, losses, costs (including attorney’s fees), actions and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the Licensee’s event and/or the Licensee’s use of Centennial Plaza premises, equipment, furnishings, service and/or service providers of any kind, by Licensee, its agents, employees, contractors, members, guests, participants, attendees or spectators.

c. The HOF and City are not responsible for, and have no liability to, the Licensee, Licensee’s agents, employees, contractors, members, guests, participants, attendees or spectators for any loss, theft, damage, personal injury, delay, annoyance, inability to hold the event as planned or other casualty, and Licensee hereby waives any claim against the HOF and the City for any such liability, except to the extent that such liability, loss, or damage is determined to be due to the negligent acts or negligent omissions of the HOF, the City, their agents, employees, contractors, or subcontractors while acting within the scope of their employment. Review Ohio Revised Code 2743.02.

 

Please do not advertise your event until written confirmation is received from HOF.  Promotional and advertising literature of either internal or external programs must be approved by the HOF prior to publication. Approval will be given within 72 hours. The organization may not use the HOF name, seal, logo or other HOF identification in advertising or promotional literature without written consent.  The utilization of the Centennial Plaza name and logo are permitted to Event Licensees for advertising or promotional literature. Contact info@cantoncentennialplaza.com for details.

Wedding parties, etc. need to receive approval and have the special event scheduled with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Museum to reserve a space on the Plaza.

The Licensee is responsible for all fees due for recorded or live musical performances.

Requested equipment that is not in the HOF’s inventory will be rented from an approved third-party rental contractor. The Licensee is responsible for all affiliated rental equipment costs, which will be reflected within the contract.

Anchoring or drilling into any area of Centennial Plaza or City property is strictly prohibited. The placement and location of event tents will be submitted to and approved by the HOF.

Certain events may require a street closure around Centennial Plaza. The HOF works with the City of Canton to determine if a street closure is necessary and will gain permit approval from the City of Canton.

This area will be operational weather-permitting and will be operated by HOF staff.

This area will be operational weather-permitting and must be pre-approved for use during permitted events by the HOF.

Abandoned property is considered any object and/or material(s) left behind by the Event Licensee, Contractor, or Attendee(s). Upon the event’s conclusion, any object – including but not limited to decorative materials, displays, gifts, favors, and personal items – that has been left behind and/or not picked up will be considered abandoned property. HOF will make reasonable efforts to contact the owner of the property but reserves the right to dispose of or donate the property without liability.

 

If during any event or activity for which the HOF and City have granted an event permit, the activities of any participant(s) or spectator(s) has become abusive or destructive to the property or equipment or become averse to the intent for which the permit has been granted, the HOF and City reserve the right to immediately adjourn such event or activity.

Centennial Plaza is ADA accessible at all street-level access points.

All animals must remain on a leash at all times while around Centennial Plaza and adhere to Section 505.06 of Part Five – General Offenses Code of the Codified Ordinance of the City of Canton. Review Section Code 505.06.  Animals are absolutely not permitted on the turf area of Centennial Plaza

Any event permitted by the HOF and City may be cancelled by the HOF and/or City due to: an unexpected event that either partially or totally destructs facilities, subject to acts of God, inclement weather beyond normally encountered conditions, war, terrorism, outbreaks of disease, epidemic, government regulation, disaster, fire, strikes, civil disorder, inoperability or reduction of availability of transportation service, unavailability of water, electricity, or other necessary utilities, or any other similar cause beyond the control of the parties making it inadvisable, illegal, or impossible to facilitate the event on Centennial Plaza.

a. The purpose of the free speech policy is to promote the free exchange of ideas and the safe and efficient operation of the HOF by:

  1. Fostering free speech, assembly and other expressive activities on Centennial Plaza by all persons, whether or not they are affiliated with the HOF.
  2. Maintaining the personal security of all persons present on Centennial Plaza and protecting the property of Centennial Plaza.

b. The Centennial Plaza free speech area is designated at the corner of Market Avenue and 4th Street NW. The City of Canton recognizes the constitutional freedoms guaranteed by the United States and Ohio constitutions, including freedom of speech, press, and assembly. The City of Canton also recognizes the need to preserve and protect its property, employees, and visitors to Centennial Plaza, and to ensure the effective operation of the business and related activities of the HOF.

c. Expressive activities on City of Canton property may be subject to reasonable regulation with regard to the time, place, and manner of the activities. HOF nor City employees will not consider the content of expressive activities when enforcing this policy. No policy can address every possible activity or situation that may occur on City property, and the HOF and City reserve the right to address such situations as circumstances warrant.

d. Expressive activities carried out under this policy shall not be considered speech made by, on behalf of, or endorsed by the City of Canton or the HOF.

e. During normal business hours, or if the area is currently in use for an official HOF or City event, amplification may be restricted if it unreasonably interferes with normal activities or noise ordinances are violated.

f. Any event or activity that significantly disrupts the ability of the HOF to provide Licensee services effectively and peacefully or conduct any of its other business and support operations is prohibited. Examples include but are not limited to excessive noise, impeding vehicle or pedestrian traffic, and conduct otherwise unlawful.

g. Any person in violation of the Free Speech Policy may be subject to an order to leave HOF property and may be subject to intervention with the City of Canton Police.

 

Supervision of minors attending a licensed event is the responsibility of the Licensee.  If a curfew is in effect by the City, that will be imposed, as well.

No person will be denied opportunity or be subject to discrimination in any event, program, or activity because of race, sex, religion, age, national origin, veteran and/or military status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression.

City of Canton Police Officers are the only armed security personnel permitted within Centennial Plaza property, unless the Licensee has obtained written approval by the CPD in advance and shall solely determine and control security arrangements for all events and reserves the right to assign the number of officers. Their decision will be based upon, but not limited to, the category of the event as described in the Space Use Policies, alcohol on premises, number of attendees, expected attendance, previous history, or an admittance fee.

City of Canton Police have ultimate authority at their discretion to shut down any unauthorized event, and/or any event that has not fulfilled necessary requirements, or any event where safety and/or security is threatened.

If necessary to supervise a scheduled event, Centennial Plaza ambassadors will be throughout Centennial Plaza between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. and are available to assist with any incident or question. HOF and Jerzee’s Café staff have an open line of communication with City of Canton Police.

The rental/use of Centennial Plaza does not include costs associated with event security or safety personnel. The HOF may coordinate event security personnel on an exclusive basis, and the expenses will be passed on to the Licensee and will be invoiced by and paid directly to the City of Canton.  This invoicing may be done AFTER the event takes place.

Political programs and activities are subject to all enumerated provisions of the HOF Space Use Policies. Centennial Plaza spaces may not be used in any manner to involve the HOF as endorsing a partisan political position and must avoid the appearance of institutional endorsement of a particular issue, candidate, or political party.

The HOF and/or the City of Canton may revoke approval for use of Centennial Plaza if the area is misused, or any of the provisions of the event procedures are violated. Future applications, or facility reservations already scheduled, will not be approved if the organization’s scheduling privileges have been revoked for misuse.

Special Use Permits may be denied or revoked when the property authorized under the permit is used for any purpose other than the permitted function, when there has been a violation of these regulations, or when the City of Canton determines that the proposed activity is not in the best public interest.

Centennial Plaza’s Main Event Lawn is a smoke-free area. Tobacco use, including the sale, advertising, sampling and distribution of tobacco products and tobacco related merchandise, is prohibited on all Centennial Plaza grounds.

In accordance with City of Canton Police Department policies, the following items are NOT permitted on Centennial Plaza property:

  • Lumber larger than 2” in width and ¼” thick, including supports for signs
  • Metal, plastic, or other hard material larger than ¾” thick and 1/8” in wall thickness, including pipe and tubing
  • Any dangerous ordinance, weapon, or firearm that is prohibited by the laws of the State of Ohio
  • Any explosives, explosive device, or incendiary device
  • Fireworks and rockets
  • Sound amplification equipment (other than that operated by HOF/City staff)
  • Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
  • Containers of bodily fluids
  • Aerosol cans
  • Any chemical irritant
  • Umbrellas with metal tips
  • Any projectile launchers, such as water guns and water cannons
  • Rope, chain, cable, strapping, wire, string, line, tape, or any similar material, in lengths greater than 6’
  • Glass bottles, ornaments, light bulbs, ceramic vessels, and any other frangible container, regardless of whether the container holds any substance
  • Locks including, without limitation, padlocks, bicycle locking devices, chain locks or similar devices, but not including: an integral component of a conveyance or structure; locks when utilized by the owner of private real property to secure permanent or temporary fencing; or locks attached to a bicycle
  • Any gas mask or similar device designed to filter all air breathed by the wearer in an attempt to protect the respiratory tract and/or face against irritating or noxious gasses or other materials. This prohibition on gas masks shall not apply to any person wearing a medical oxygen mask that fits over the nose and mouth of the person and provides oxygen from an oxygen tank to the person
  • Tents and other shelters, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, mattresses, cots, hammocks or stoves
  • Coolers or ice chests
  • Outside alcohol, unless in approved DORA containers
  • Backpacks and bags exceeding the size of 18” x 13” x 7”
  • Lasers
  • Ladders
  • Grappling hooks, sledgehammers, hammers, or crowbars
  • All sporting equipment, unless permitted with prior approval of HOF/City staff
  • Handcuffs, including flexible handcuffs
  • Syringes
  • Animals are prohibited on the turf area
  • Smoking is prohibited on the turf area
  • Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, etc.
  • Any other item determined by the Director of Public Safety or Chief of Police to be a clear and present danger to the safety of others.

 

Exceptions:

The prohibitions of this section shall not be applicable to:

  • Law enforcement personnel or other local, state, or federal government employees possessing a prohibited item in the course of their authorized duties; and,
  • Any licensed medical professional in the performance of their medical duties.

Commercial sales, profit making, direct sales events, are NOT permitted on Centennial Plaza property, except through approved vendors currently under contact with HOF or with the HOF’s written permission.

The State of Ohio allows qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons, but only if certain strict conditions are met. The Concealed Carry Ordinance does NOT allow concealed weapons to be carried anywhere on the premises of Centennial Plaza unless the weapon is locked in an automobile or in the process of being locked in the automobile. It is illegal to carry a firearm, deadly weapon, or dangerous ordnance, anywhere on the premises of Centennial Plaza.

All areas of Centennial Plaza must be left in a clean and orderly condition after any event. The HOF staff will conduct an inspection after use of the site. If the property is damaged, or left unclean, the Licensee will be billed for all costs incurred because of the group’s activity. Any damages to the Centennial Plaza property should be reported immediately to a Centennial Plaza representative.

HOF furniture or equipment may NOT be removed or altered during the reservation of the property. Decorations must be removed, and the space left in unmarked condition when the reservation is completed.

The Licensee shall be responsible for reimbursement to HOF for all repair and replacement costs arising from negligence or abuse by the organization. The non-compliant organization shall be responsible for reimbursement to the HOF for all repair and replacement costs arising from negligence or abuse by the organization.

The use of open flame devices is NOT permitted on property without written permission from the HOF and City. Use of open flame equipment must be coordinated through the Canton Fire Department.  The use of pyrotechnics will be coordinated through the HOF, in conjunction with the Canton Fire Department and a licensed pyrotechnic vendor.

Any type of gambling on Centennial Plaza is strictly prohibited, except for Ohio Lottery terminal at Jerzee’s Café.

There is NO parking permitted within Centennial Plaza grounds at any time. There is NO self-parking available on Centennial Plaza grounds. There are various on-street self-pay spaces, parking lots and structured parking facilities within proximity to Centennial Plaza. Within the City of Canton, parking after 4 PM Monday – Friday, and all-day Saturday and Sunday is free.  Please coordinate your parking needs with a representative from the HOF.

Vehicles are expressly prohibited within Centennial Plaza unless prior approval is obtained from the City of Canton.

Personal recreation devices including, but not limited to, in-line skates, rollerblades, bicycles, scooters and skateboards are NOT PERMITTED within Centennial Plaza’s flat surfaced pedestrian pathways, on outdoor handrails, fixed seating units, ramps, or any other similar surface.

Step #2

Plaza Map

View the plaza map to select the best space(s) for your event. 

Step #3

Reservation Rates

Whether you’re an event producer, a local business looking to host a company gathering, or an individual looking for a place to celebrate with your family, we have reservation rates that will match your budget.

 

Centennial Plaza, located in the heart of Downtown Canton’s Special Improvement District is the perfect venue, with state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind amenities; stunning views of historic downtown, and multiple programmatic options built for events of all types. We offer competitive pricing for event reservations with options for non-profit organizations, Stark County businesses – residents, schools or organizations.

 

The rental/use of Centennial Plaza does not include the costs associated with Event Safety/Security. The amount of security is at the sole discretion of the Canton Police Department and will be invoiced by and paid directly to the City of Canton at the conclusion of the event.

Platinum: 6+ HoursGold: 6+ HoursSilver: 4-6 HoursBronze: 2-4 Hours
Basic Rent - Non-Profit$500$500$500$500
Basic Rent - Profit$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,000
Stage/ Screen$350$350$350
Social Garden$200
Extended Patio$200
Restrooms$225$225$225$175
Production Tech$250$250$100
Pkg Total - Non-Profit$1,725$1,325$1,125$675
Pkg Total - Profit$2,225$1,825$1,675$1,175
Ala Carte (in addition to Basic Rent Fee)
Social Garden$200
Extended Patio$200
Restrooms$225
Production Tech$25/hr
Other Fees Possible
Clean Up/ Maintenance FeeTBD
Public Safety Forces - Billed by City - 4 hour minimum
Police$50/hr per officer$58/hr holiday2 officer minimum
Fire/EMS$50/hr per provider$58/hr holiday

Step #4

Submit applications

This application will be considered by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the City of Canton only when all necessary sections have been completed. Submission of this application does not guarantee approval of the event. The requestor will be notified of the approval or denial and, if approved, will be required to sign a rental agreement.