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‘DRAFT WATCH EXPERIENCE’ TO CELEBRATE ONE OF FOOTBALL’S PREMIER ANNUAL EVENTS IN THE BIRTHPLACE OF PRO FOOTBALL
Proceeds from gala in Downtown Canton to benefit the Legends Landing, a planned residence at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village

CANTON, Ohio —Canton is known as the birthplace of professional football, and now fans will have the chance to celebrate one of the sport’s greatest annual events in the city where the game got its start.

The 2016 Draft Watch Experience will take place on the evening of Thursday, April 28, at the McKinley Grand Hotel in Canton. Guests will watch the NFL Draft unfold live on projection screens in the hotel ballroom, while enjoying food, beverages, trivia contests, memorabilia auctions and more.

Former NFL stars scheduled to appear include Cleveland Browns alumni Don Cockroft, Hanford Dixon, Felix Wright and Anthony Griggs. Other NFL alumni scheduled to attend include Gold Jacket Dave Robinson (Green Bay), Jeff Hastings (Detroit/Pittsburgh), and Marv Kellum (Pittsburgh/St. Louis).

Cost is $125 per ticket and includes the Draft Watch, hors d’oeuvres, beverages, a round table discussion with former NFL players, and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Legends Landing, a planned residence for retired Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees, NFL alumni, and fans at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village in Canton.

The Draft Watch Experience is presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the East Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council, in conjunction with the Stark Carroll Oil and Gas Partnership.

“Canton and pro football are forever linked, and the Draft Watch Experience provides us with the chance to celebrate the game and our city’s important role in its history,” said Dave Kirven, President of the East Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council. “Our hope is that the enthusiasm and support for this event will demonstrate to the NFL that Canton would make a great location for the actual Draft to be held at some point in the future.”

Corporate sponsorships are available and include a pre-event VIP Reception with NFL alumni and other special guests.

For tickets and sponsorship information, visit www.ChooseStark.com.

Media Contact: Dave Kirven
(330) 495-7813 

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