See how the world’s best leather footballs are made by hand and take a tour of the Wilson Football Factory. Every year, up to 700,00 leather footballs are produced in Ada, Ohio, by the talented craftsmen and women at Wilson. Since 1955, the Ada-based factory team has created footballs for the NFL’s Super Bowl champs, MVPs and Hall of Famers. Pure pride and passion go into very leather game football this team constructs for youth leagues, Friday night hometown heroes, college All-Americans, and pros around the world.
Great football memories often include an incredible pass from quarterback to receiver. Did you know that the forward pass was perfected in 1913 on Cedar Point beach? Knute Rockne and Gus Dorais were throwing the football around working as lifeguards over the summer. Take a trip to the beach, bring a football and find the plaque that commemorates this important moment in sports history!
FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, opened in 1999 and is positioned right on the lakefront. The stadium was built on the same site as Cleveland Municipal Stadium, the former home of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns. Catch a game with die-hard fans in the Dawg Pound. Don't have a ticket? Brownstown East and West is open to the general public on home game days. There are tables, a bar, and projector screens so you won’t miss a second of the game!
Celebrate the history of football by visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, where the NFL was founded in September 1920. Football fans can get a closeup of Legends of the Game in the historic Bronze Bust Gallery. Make the call in the interactive replay booth. Take a family photo next to the iconic Lombardi Trophy. Witness the Super Bowl like never before in the Super Bowl Theater and see the full collection of all Super Bowl rings.
Nestled snugly on the banks of the Olentangy River, stately Ohio Stadium, home to The Ohio State University Buckeyes football team, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of college athletics. With its present seating capacity of 102,780, Ohio Stadium is the fourth-largest on-campus facility in the nation. Since the opening game against Ohio Wesleyan on Oct. 7, 1922, more than 36 million fans have streamed through the stadium’s portals.
Individuals representing ten professional football teams attended the meeting founding the National Football League. One such team represented was from Dayton, Ohio — The Dayton Triangles. The Triangles would go on to play in the first game and score the first touchdowns in NFL. You can visit the original locker room used by the Triangles, preserved at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton.
Named for the NFL legend and team founder, Paul Brown Stadium is home of the Cincinnati Bengals. This modern stadium is located right on the riverfront and takes in the beautiful setting of Cincinnati. Every seat is great. Take in the best pregame experience in the Jungle Zone, the centerpiece family-friendly tailgate party in the east plaza level of the stadium.
Walk along the Portsmouth Floodwall and come eye-to-eye with football history. “The Portsmouth Spartans” is a 20’ x 35’ mural painted on the floodwall by Robert Dafford in 1994. The mural depicts what's come to be known as the NFL “iron man” contest in 1932 when the Spartans defeated the Green Bay Packers, 19 to 0. Spartan coach, Potsy Clark, refused to use a substitute in restitution for the Green Bay Packers being named champions of the NFL in 1931 after they refused to play Portsmouth in a championship game.