Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company Secures $33.4 Million PACE Loan
Proceeds to be used to continue investing in the growth of the Hall of Fame Village
CANTON, Ohio – July 6, 2022 – 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, today announced it secured approximately $33.4 million in Property Assessed Clean Energy (“PACE”) financing from Stonehill Strategic Capital, LLC. The financing was approved by the Canton City Council in coordination with the Canton Regional Energy Special Improvement District.
The PACE model is an innovative mechanism for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on private property. The PACE financing, coupled with the previously secured $5 million in financing from Stark Community Foundation, Inc., provides HOFV with additional capital for the continued construction of Phase II of the Hall of Fame Village and generates revenue for its business by opening several one-of-a-kind, sports-themed assets at the campus.
“Securing this PACE financing is an important step in the continued growth of our business, providing us with additional capital to continue moving full steam ahead on our plans for the Hall of Fame Village,” stated Michael Crawford, President and CEO of HOFV. “Despite the significant market challenges, we haven’t slowed down or stopped moving forward with our strategic plan, and I’m very proud of all that we’ve achieved so far. There is so much more success in sight, especially as we get set to unveil the Center for Performance, Fan Engagement Zone, Play Action Plaza and our expanded Forever Lawn Youth Sports Complex over the coming weeks.
“I’m thankful for our shareholders who have supported us along the way and to the greater community of Canton for being a loyal partner from the inception of the Hall of Fame Village development, and at each step thereafter. It’s a very exciting time for our Company and I am energized by the significant potential of our business as these new assets open and we break ground in the very near term on the waterpark and on-site hotel, launch season two of the Hall of Fantasy League, release exclusive content produced by Hall of Fame Village Media and progress in our efforts to secure gaming licenses from the State of Ohio.”
The Company has also leveraged PACE financing for the Center for Performance, a 100,000-square-foot exhibition hall and athletic performance space. The Center for Performance will provide year-round capacity for both sport and non-sport events serving guests from around the country. The facility will house Ohio-based sports leagues as well as world-class training facilities, turf practice fields and two basketball courts that can also be used for volleyball.
About Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment 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.
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