NFL Spokesman says HOF Game will remain in Canton

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NFL Spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Canton Repository Monday that the league has had “absolutely no discussions about moving the Hall of Fame Game out of Canton in the future.”

The game was canceled Sunday night due to poor field conditions at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, which is adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Because the decision wasn’t made until about an hour before game time and because fans already inside the stadium weren’t notified until later, the whole situation was a debacle. McCarthy’s comments indicate the league won’t explore other alternatives as it sorts through Sunday’s mess.

The stadium and surrounding areas are going through a multi-phase renovation project. A high school team and two Div. II college programs who use the stadium are playing elsewhere during the 2016 season, and a new field was recently installed for the Hall of Fame Game.

If it was truly a botched paint job on the field that led to the game being canceled, as the league said, those involved have plenty of time to get things fixed and make sure something like what happened Sunday doesn’t happen again.

22 responses to “NFL Spokesman says HOF Game will remain in Canton

  1. It will stay because after heating the field and melting the rubber pellets, most of the game officials are now glued in place.

  2. It’s field turf. Don’t paint it. Just permanently put the HOF logo at the 50, and checkerboards in the endzones. Canton-McKinley, Malone, and Walsh won’t care.

  3. Skip painting the field next year. We don’t need the extra mumbo jumbo painted on it. We know what game it is.

  4. .
    The Steelers lost a kicker with a 124 out of 141 success ratio due to the minor league field conditions in Canton.
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  5. Massive black eye for the NFL: Cancel the game for the safety of the players… good! 51 weeks to prepare for your big day only to cancel 1 hour before kickoff… bad! Very Bad!!!

  6. Skip painting the field next year. We don’t need the extra mumbo jumbo painted on it. We know what game it is.

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    They love to slather on the mumbo jumbo. The networks can super-impose whatever they want onto the surface. Then they can rotate sponsors’ logo’s every play.

  7. If it was only the middle of the field that was bad, then why didn’t they hold red-zone scrimmages at either end of the field? Then alternate ends and alternate offenses and defenses. Even a scoring system could have been devised. No creativity???

  8. jv86 says:
    Aug 8, 2016 4:41 PM
    Massive black eye for the NFL: Cancel the game for the safety of the players… good! 51 weeks to prepare for your big day only to cancel 1 hour before kickoff… bad! Very Bad!!!
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    I hate to be the one to break it to you, but you’re not perfect either…get over it!

  9. MLB could build a usable field on an Air Force base, and the NFL can’t put a usable field in a stadium they have played in previously? With all the money the NFL has, that should be one of the best 33 playing surfaces in the country.

  10. You are not a 12 billion dollar industry…perfect or not. Its the fans who got suckered and got stuck with the bills for Goodell and the NFL’s incompetence.

  11. Correct skawh, I’m far from perfect. Then again I’m not running a 12 billion dollar entertainment business. This isn’t baseball man, the show must go on! Bet you’d think differently if you drove your wife and kids halfway across the country for a weekend punctuated by a game they didn’t play. Would you just get over it then??? 51 weeks, NFL, get it right!

  12. Didn’t Tom Bensen make his millions selling used cars? You have 1 NFL scrimmage a year and you cant get the field ready in time?

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