Wilson Football Factory
Wilson Football Factory
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Rebecca N
Ada, OH18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Wilson Football Factory adds alot of community pride. A good place to work. A place to tour. Especially great for a group. Tours have to be set up ahead of time. Ada even holds a festival in their honor in August every year. Something to be said for Made in the USA.
Written January 20, 2020
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Linda44149
Strongsville, OH844 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
Great opportunity to visit the inside of a football factory. This factory is located in the small town of Ada, Ohio, within a residential neighborhood (217 N. Liberty St). This is where all the footballs are made for the NFL, NCAA, and Canadian football teams including commemorative footballs and commercial footballs (sold to Dick's, Target, etc.) Reservations must be placed in advance for the tour (419-634-9901). The tour is $5 per person (cash only). Our tour had a lot of people and were split into 3-groups. You walk through the factory floor among the workers and machines from start to finish product. These are hard working individuals that hand-make each football.....very impressive! Our tour guide this day was a retired employee and was very interactive. During the tour you get a small football-shaped piece of pebbled leather for a souvenir . Restrooms are available at the entrance (office area). Free parking is available at the factory for visitors. Closed-toe shoes are required. At the end of the tour, there is a bin of "rejected" footballs that can be purchased for $15 each. Tour lasts about 45 minutes to an hour. Since you will be walking in close proximity to the workers and their machines, I don't think this tour would be suitable (or allowed) for wheelchairs, scooters, large strollers, or someone that can not walk without sitting for an hour (check when you call for reservations).
Written September 7, 2017
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Ohiotravelplanner
Ohio1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
We took the grandchildren to Ada to the Wilson Football factory and they all loved it! They were from 11 to 16. A must for all boys interested in sports.
Written May 28, 2013
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bmorris1929
South Jordan, UT786 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
When you are in a small town and you are one of the only attractions, you need to have something for the general public available all the time. I can understand that you don't have tours available all day long. However, to not even have any kind of gift shop is inexcusable. People want to pay you money. They will buy your stuff. We love the NFL and college football. We want to say we have been to one of the Meccas of football. A selfie doesn't cut it. Someone with some business sense there figure out how to sell some merchandise at the front desk and make some money and satisfy the customers. It will be a lifelong highlight to have a picture of the water tower since you can't sell me anything 😱😱😱.
Written March 26, 2019
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SusanGerber
Prescott, AZ48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
This small factory produces all the football's for the NFL and sporting good stores. Most of the factory is not mechanized and the football's are created by hand! The workers are paid by the piece and footballs command different prices! Workers are loyal and hard working. Great tour!
Written March 14, 2018
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David R
Ada225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Business
This factory produces all the footballs for the NFL and for most major college football programs. The level of skill and quality that goes into each football is impressive. If you are fortunate to get to tour this plant, you are in for a real treat. Not many are aware of all the skilled handwork that goes into a football, but Americans can be proud of the highly skilled laborers whose high level of pride and commitment to their work is in full display.
Written November 8, 2017
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Dyngus
Noblesville140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Family
My wife and I set an appointment for the tour of how Wilson footballs are made. Super cool! This is a factory that care about their people and their people care about the factory. You get a good history about wilson footballs and get to walk thru the factory as they make them. They are really handmade! Tough work on the hands but a awesome football. At the end of the tour you are able to buy a football dirt cheap! Check it out! Tour days are limited.
Written November 7, 2017
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Doug B
Brookville, OH125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
You do need a reservation for this tour but if you want to be proud of American workers and their skill and work effort this is a must see. The factory, which is mostly hand work, produces 3000 leather Wilson footballs a day for all of the pro teams (400 each per year), all colleges and many high schools. The CFL also gets footballs here. The tour costs $5, lasts about 75 minutes and goes thru all stages of production. At the end there are 3 large bins of footballs you may select and purchase from...small dark Chinese made balls for $5, real Wilson footballs that are seconds for $20, and perfect production overrun balls for $50. Cash please... they also have a “garage sale” this year on Sept 29th from 8-12...
See their website
Written August 17, 2018
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Sharon S
Ashland, Ohio88 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Family
We had hoped to get a tour, but found out from the friendly and helpful receptionist that tours are by appt. and are during the week - we visited on a Friday, and none were available. Will have to try another time.
Written January 23, 2015
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yerfsdad
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
If you enjoy football, or even if you don't, this tour is really fascinating. It almost made me tired watching everyone work so hard, so if nothing else I was glad just to be on vacation. It was really interesting to see how they put together the footballs that we see on TV every fall weekend - it's not nearly as easy as one might think. And it is amazing that so many quality footballs can be produced in such a small shop.

I would be curious to know how just how many professional and college football players and coaches have been to this shop to see how the footballs are made that they have built their careers around. They ought to be required to come at least once! Same for football fans ...
Written August 5, 2018
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