Family of four could spend thousands of dollars during its visit for Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival weekend.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival attracts more than 280,000 visitors a year who have an economic impact of more than $30 million on Stark County, according to a Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce estimate in 2014.
But those numbers can seem very abstract.
So The Canton Repository decided to estimate, with the help of the Akron-Canton Airport and Visit Canton, the possible economic impact of one imaginary family. We'll call them Bill and Peggy Remington and their two small children: Susie, age 10, and Pete, age 8.
In our hypothetical exercise, the Remingtons, who live in the Baltimore area, are lifelong Baltimore Ravens fans. And they've been big fans of 2018 enshrinee Ray Lewis, who played 17 years for the Ravens.
How much could one family flying in from out of state for the Enshrinement Festival spend on a memorable five-day trip to see their hero's big day?
Wednesday, Aug. 1
The Remingtons drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and catch the 7:30 p.m. nonstop American Airlines flight to Akron-Canton Airport. If they booked in mid-July, each seat would cost about $375.
Their flight lands shortly after 9 p.m.
The Akron-Canton Airport restaurants close at 7 p.m., so the Remingtons decide to grab something on the way to their hotel. They go to the Budget rental counter and rent a Ford Escape SUV for $370.
It's a short walk to the car lot, and they load their luggage in the back of the SUV. A lot of restaurants close at 9 p.m., so they grab quick burgers and fries from the McDonald's on Belden Village Street NW with the total bill at $32.
They check in at the Comfort Inn on Broadmoor Circle NW in Plain Township. Luckily, they booked months before all rooms for Hall of Fame weekend sold out.
They were able to get a rate of $259 a night, according to Visit Canton, more than double the typical rate when it's not Hall of Fame weekend. Add sales tax of 6.5 percent and hotel tax of 9 percent, which funds Visit Canton, and the total cost comes out to $1,636.
So not counting the flight, the total cost incurred so far is $2,038.
Thursday, Aug. 2
The Remingtons get the free hot breakfast at the Comfort Inn. It is going to be a full day.
The family hits the Pro Football Hall of Fame for a tour as soon as it opens at 9 a.m. As it's $30 for a ticket per adult and $20 per child age 6 to 12, the total ticket cost with convenience fees for booking online and taxes would be about $111.
However, the main parking lot is closed, so the family parks at the Stark County Fairgrounds for $10. A shuttle will take them to the Hall for $3 a person for the day. Total cost: $22.
Bill decided to splurge, as he's an avid collector of NFL player autographs. He spent $500 for a ticket for the 3:30 p.m. autograph session with the class of 2018. That includes admission to the Hall of Fame for himself.
So the total cost with parking and shuttle is about $600.
The family spends about $300 at the gift shop on apparel and gifts tied to the Class of 2018 and Ray Lewis, and about $35 for a quick lunch at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Cafe. Bill and Peggy also grab a couple of rounds at the Hall of Fame Fun Fest and Beer Fest taking place on the Hall of Fame grounds. We haven't seen the cost of the beers, but we'll estimate $24.
After a full morning and part of the afternoon checking out the exhibits as well as the autograph session for Bill, the family drives to downtown Canton for a family dinner at Bender's Tavern. The total check with taxes and tip ends up around $200.
They then attend the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game featuring the Chicago Bears against the Baltimore Ravens. The tickets were $69 each, with $10 parking and, say, $50 in food and drinks bought from the concession stands, according to Visit Canton. The cost of the game: $336.
The total cost of the day: $1,495.
Friday, Aug. 3
After a late night getting back from the game, Bill and Peggy decide to have a more leisurely morning. The family eats breakfast at the Comfort Inn. Peggy drops off Bill and the kids to attend the free Gold Jacket photo-op at the Pro Football Hall of Fame at 11:15 a.m. She drives the rental car to Canton Memorial Civic Center for the annual Fashion Show Luncheon. The ticket was $70.50. Parking is $10.
Meanwhile, Bill and the kids grab a quick lunch at the Hall of Fame Cafe and spend about $25.
Peggy picks them up later. They take a break from football and dedicate the afternoon to the National First Ladies' Library and First Ladies National Historic Site in downtown Canton. Parking is free, and tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children, so the total cost is $24.
The family returns to the room to change to more formal attire and head to the 5 p.m. Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner at Memorial Civic Center. Tickets for four are about $600 with processing fee and handling charges. Parking, again, is $10.
Total cost for the day: $739.50
Saturday, Aug. 4
After an early breakfast, the family swings by the Mary Ann's Donuts on Hills and Dales Road near Whipple Avenue NW and buys a dozen donuts and coffee. The cost: $14.
They drive to downtown Canton and find free street parking. The cost of tickets for four reserved seats for the 8 a.m. Canton Repository Grand Parade is $42. The family attends the returning Gold Jackets autograph session, where each item can cost at least $25 an autograph charged by the players. We'll estimate they pay $50 for autographs and $22 for parking and the shuttle.
They grab lunch again at the Hall of Fame Cafe, at about $32.
Bill and Peggy and the kids then spend a few hours at the nearby Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum before it closes at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, so the cost is $36.
After reading reviews on Yelp, the Remingtons drive up Market Avenue N for lunch at Gervasi Vineyard's Crush House on 55th Street NE.
The offerings vary from sandwiches to pasta to strip steak, with entrees ranging from $10 to $31. With appetizers, tax and tip, we'll estimate a tab of $100 for the four.
The next stop is the 7 p.m. Enshrinement at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. With four Enshrinement tickets at $69 and $10 for parking, the cost is $286.
Total cost for the day: $582
Sunday, Aug. 5
Peggy sleeps in with the kids. Bill drives to the nearby Tam O'Shanter Golf Course and gets in a round of golf for $46. He returns to pick up the family and they go to Memorial Civic Center for the Enshrinees' Roundtable, which includes lunch, and tickets are $78.50 each. So with tickets for four and parking, it's $324.
The family eats dinner at the reopened Mulligan's Restaurant and Pub on Belden Village Street NW. We'll estimate $120.
They then attend the Concert for Legends at 8 p.m. at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Parking with shuttle again is $22. Tickets were $99 each, so the cost is about $418.
Total cost of the day: $908
Monday, Aug. 6
The family has to wake up early to catch the 5:45 a.m. American Airlines flight back to Reagan National. They fill the gas tank for $40 and head back to Akron-Canton Airport. They leave the SUV in Budget's after-hours lot. They get breakfast sandwiches from the Subway. Cost: $20. The airport gets a facility charge of $4.50 per departing passenger that was included in their airfare. So that's $18. They go through security and board their flight, at the end of a memorable trip to honor the legends of the game.
Total cost for the day: $78
Total estimated spent in the Stark County area by the Remingtons: $5,840.50
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