Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (“HOFV” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: HOFV, HOFVW), the only resort, entertainment and media company centered around the power of professional football and owner of the Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls (the “Destination”), will be hosting the GEICO ESPN High School Kickoff game between the world-renowned IMG Academy, based in Bradenton, Florida, and Bishop Sycamore High School, an Ohio high school located in the northeast suburbs of Columbus, Ohio.
The game will be nationally televised on ESPN and take place on Sunday, August 29th, 2021, at 1:30pm at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on the Destination’s campus. Tickets are available to the public, and can be purchased for $10 at www.hofvillage.com. Children under 18 do not need a ticket -- simply show up at the gate wearing a jersey and will be admitted FREE!
“We couldn’t be more excited to have IMG Academy compete at the Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls,” said Michael Munoz, Vice President, Youth Football and Partnerships for HOFV. “With all of the homegrown football talent that Ohio has to offer, seeing one of our local schools compete against IMG Academy will be incredibly memorable. In addition to providing another exciting event for our guests and fans to enjoy, our goal is to provide every young athlete involved with an unforgettable experience that they will cherish as they continue to develop their sports careers.”
About IMG Academy: Located in Bradenton, Florida, IMG Academy is the world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational institution. Established in 1978 as the Bollettieri Tennis Academy, IMG Academy now spans over 600 acres and continues to evolve and expand as the industry leader for athletic and performance development.
IMG provides an all-inclusive campus for athletes of all levels. Our world-renowned location includes professional-grade sports facilities and accommodations, world-class technology, and a wide variety of programming, including a 6th-12th grade boarding school, year-round camps, adult camps, corporate retreats, group hosting, team training, events, and professional and collegiate training.
About Bishop Sycamore: Bishop Sycamore, is a new school located in Columbus, Ohio. Program Director Andre Peterson and is coached by head coach, Donald Anderson. The Centurions hope to rise through the ranks of Ohio high school football as a program that shows their hard work, dedication, and love for the game.
The school itself is an online-only charter school, with the non-OHSAA-affiliated football program serving as its most public face. The team played its first season of football in 2019, going 5-6 against a schedule that featured only one Ohio team, Dohn Community, another non-OHSAA school in Cincinnati. The other teams on that schedule, though, included Warren Central (Ind.), Clearwater Academy (Fla.), Johnston Central (Ky.), Suffield Academy (Conn.) and Pennsylvania prep school Kiski Prep.
About Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium:
Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is a one-of-a-kind sports and entertainment complex and was recently profiled as one of the "13 Game-Changing NFL Stadiums" by Forbes. With over 28,000 square feet of unmatched premium event space, the NFL-caliber stadium features world-class services. Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is home to three major events of the annual Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. The Stadium hosts games including the OSHAA State Championships and the NCAA Division III National Football Championships. In addition, the stadium is considered an elite concert venue. The stadium offers a variety premium event spaces including, Club Seating, VIP Lounge, Luxury Suites, Sky Level seating, and Event Terraces.
About Hall of Fame Resort Company:
Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: HOFV, HOFVW) is a resort and entertainment company leveraging the power and popularity of professional football and its legendary players in partnership with the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Headquartered in Canton, Ohio, the Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company is the owner of the Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls, a multi-use sports, entertainment and media destination centered around the Pro Football Hall of Fame's campus. Additional information on the Company can be found at www.HOFREco.com.