On September 17, 1920, at Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile dealership in downtown Canton, Ohio, owners representing 10 professional football teams met, organized and formed the American Professional Football Association. The name was changed to the National Football League in 1922.
For the past century, the NFL has grown in popularity and become a fabric of our culture. On September 17, 2020, we will celebrate the National Football League’s 100th birthday in the city where it was born. A once-in-every-other-lifetime celebration will be hosted by the entire Canton and Stark County community.
Artwork by Dirk Rozich • Commissioned by Dr. James F. King
Staged September 16-19 in Week 2 at the start of the 2020 NFL Season & launching the next 100 years of the NFL in the city where the league was born—Canton, Ohio.
Four days of stars, spectacle, music and pageantry, including the biggest gathering in football EVER!
A “must attend” event that will fill Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium with fans & partners from across the nation.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
A formal black-tie red-carpet event to celebrate the excellence of the past 100 years and honor the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Centennial Class.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
The world will come together to celebrate the NFL’s 100th birthday with the dedication of Centennial Plaza in downtown Canton where the league was born. Highlighting the evening with be the unveiling of 11 monuments featuring the names of all 25,000-plus players who competed in the NFL during its first century.
Friday, September 18, 2020
Entertainment spectacular featuring multiple mega music artists, NFL Legends, and other celebrities to kick off the league’s next century.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
The centennial Saturday events will focus on the local community with Hall of Famers and NFL Legends on hand for high school football games across Stark County.