Creative Environments

The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Ford Hall of Fans Exhibit

Ford Hall of Fans Logo


Pro Football Hall of Fame


  • Carpentry
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Graphics Production
  • Interactive Production
  • Logistics & On-site Operations

Project Background

Ford’s Hall of Fans exhibit at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio celebrates the passion of the NFL fan base and pays tribute to the first-ever class of Ford Hall of Fans inductees (​Roger Avila – Miami Dolphins, Don Wachter – Chicago Bears, Rick Holman – Pittsburgh Steelers). Two interactive stations, display cases containing historic fan memorabilia and plaques with the winners’ pictures and their stories are prominently featured in the exhibit.


The Pro Football Hall of Fame was looking for an experienced partner with design, fabrication, and interactive programming capabilities. The exhibit also needed to be created, produced, and installed quickly for it to be ready in time for the annual enshrinement ceremony.


CEI has a long relationship with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a wealth of museum experience. We collaborated with the PFHOF, GTB and Gallagher & Associates. As a team, we worked through sketches, designs, and blueprints that detailed the final look of the exhibit and the visitors’ experience. Our expertise and research informed our decision to use certain durable materials and tech equipment. Our designers, craftsmen, and interactive programmers then brought everything to life.


CEI leveraged the versatility of its associates’ experiences from start to finish. We produced and installed all the graphics. Physical changes were made to the space to improve traffic flow for better storytelling. Durable glass cases were created to house fan memorabilia. Bronze metal plaques were created for each winner and looked similar to the bronze bust of an actual Hall of Fame inductee. We designed and programmed two interactive stations that connected to the PFHOF’s local area network as well as Ford’s offsite network. The first station allows visitors to interact with videos telling the stories and describing the passion of the nominees and winners. The second allows the visitor to record a video about why they deserved to be inducted into the Ford Hall of Fans. Those videos are then able to be shared on various social media platforms expanding the reach of the Ford Hall of Fans message.


The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Ford Hall of Fans exhibit successfully celebrates the passion, dedication and historic significance of NFL fans and is one of the most popular new exhibits at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Over 70 fan pitches were recorded during the opening weekend. In addition to its on-site success, the Ford Hall of Fans exhibit has also generated media attention from national and local news outlets.

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