The curtain has been lifted on the 2017 NFL campaign and for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a sparkling new stadium was dedicated to kick off the season.
Pro Football Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker said Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is truly a "game changer" not only for the Hall, but for the city of Canton.
"This is the finest small-venue NFLstadium in the world," Baker said.
The locker rooms each hold 105 people and the Club area holds 1,000 people. The press box is a new feature as well with great view lines of the playing field.
The 23,000 seat facility was dedicated Thursday morning and featured a statue of Saints owner Tom Benson, who contributed $11 million to the stadium project that now bears his name.
Baker was extremely appreciative of Benson's contribution to keeping football thriving in the Hall of Fame City.
"He felt that this was where the game of professional football began, and he thinks it should live forever in Canton," Baker explained.
Hall of Fame President David Baker said they are actively preparing for the NFL's 100th anniversary by building various amenites for the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village.
The venue will host not only football at the high school, collegiate and pro level, but concerts, and other entertainment options for as Baker puts it, " the next 100 years.
Our 2017 Camp Days continue with the Kenmore /Garfield Golden Rams and Coach Kemp Boyd.
This is the first year as a merged school for Kenmore and Garfield, and Coach Boyd has done a great job so far of bringing these young men together.
The Golden Rams start out the season with three non league games, Coventry, Barberton, and Springfield before opening up league play against Ellet.
Camp reports are sponsored by the Northern Ohio Honda Dealers.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Haynes sat with WAKR's Aaron Coleman to talk a little football, golf, and awareness for prostate cancer and screenings.
Haynes, a member of the Class of 1997, is also a prostate cancer survivor.
An avid golfer, Haynes has played at Firestone's South Course in the past and always enjoys watching the world's best golfers compete in the Bridgestone Invitational.
Longtime television producer for Fox Sports David Hill spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about being this year's recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio and TV Award during this week's festivities at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Akron North head football coach Sonil Haslam joined Sam and Brad to talk about the upcoming football season.
J.J. Banks and LeErie Evans, two of the Vikings' senior leaders joined Coach Haslam to discuss the strides they are making in 2017.
North will open up the high school football season on the road against Beechwood August 25.
Sam and Brad caught up with East head coach Marques Hayes to preview the 2017 season for the Dragons.
The Dragons will open up the 2017 campaign with the Coventry Comets.
East made the state playoffs for the first time in school history last season and send three players off of last year's squad to play for Coach Terry Bowden at the University of Akron.
Sam and Brad caught up with Ellet High School football coach Chuck Shuman to preview the Orangemen in 2017.
The Orangemen are looking to get back to the City Series Championship for the second year in a row.
Sports Columnist Jim Ingraham of the Elyria Chronicle Telegram and the Medina Gazette spoke with Brad Russell on Friday to talk about the Indians, who have now won eight in row.
Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository discussed the opening of Browns training camp in Berea starting today.
The Kent State University Golden Flashes are looking to improve in 2017 playing a tough brand of football.
Kent State head coach Paul Haynes commended his team for their work ethic heading into fall camp.
"The guys had a great summer, very positive attitudes and worked hard getting ready for fall camp," Haynes said.
The team opens the 2017 against the defending national champion Clemson Tigers.
Coach Haynes discussed his quarterback Nick Holley who was moved from wide receiver and the toughness he brings to the Flashes.
"There's an article I read from one of those quarterback guru guys that said that the quarterback has to be the toughest guy on the team, and that's why we moved him is because of just that, he's one of the toughest guys on the team."
Holley led the team in passing yards and rushing yards during the 2016 season.
Kent State's non-conference schedule includes not only Clemson, but Howard, Marshall, and Louisville.
Brad and Justin got in on the Wednesday Wager of the Day on 1590 WAKR!
You can catch it every Monday-Friday at 5:20pm on 1590 WAKR during the Sam and Brad Show