A 143-bed senior living community for retired professional football players should be complete in Canton, OH, in time for the 100th anniversary year of the National Football League, 2020, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced.
Legends Landing will include independent living, assisted living and memory care for retired Hall of Famers as well as members of the NFL’s Legends Community and coaches, officials and administrators. It will be operated by Franklin Companies, according to Sports Illustrated, and the memory care component is expected to be based on the “dementia village” approach popularized in the Netherlands.
Originally announced in 2015, Legends Landing now will be part of a larger Player Care Center that will provide a wide range of health services, according to the Hall of Fame. Current design plans for the center call for a 15-bed surgical hospital, 20-bed behavioral science and addiction center and a possible memorial.
The center, Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker told the media outlet, will involve several healthcare partners, potentially including researchers who would study sports injuries, including concussions.
The Player Care Center is one of 10 major components that will be integrated through technology as part of the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, a nearly $800 million mixed-use development on the Hall of Fame’s campus. According to the Hall of Fame, it will be the first-ever sports and entertainment “smart city,” with building systems and solutions managed through advanced data and analytics, connectivity and efficiency enabled by infrastructure integration.
Additional components of the village include the existing Hall of Fame museum, upgraded; the Black College Football Hall of Fame (part of the museum); the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium (still being finished but already hosting events such as the Pro Football Hall of Fame game); a national youth football and sports complex with eight turf fields (five of which already are complete, with the remaining expected to be complete by next year); a football-themed hotel, a promenade (with restaurants and retail) and a Center for Excellence set to open in 2019; a performance center opening in 2020; and the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Experience, an indoor amusement and waterpark.
The Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village is pictured in an artist’s rendering. The circular building in the bottom center of the image is part of the existing Hall of Fame. Legends Landing appears in the upper right section of the image.