Ohio governor not optimistic about fans for Hall of Fame Game, ceremony

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has expressed optimism the game and ceremony would happen the first week of August as planned with fans in the stands. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine put a damper on that optimism Tuesday.

“As much as I hate to say this, because we’ve all been looking forward to that, and I know how much it means to the Canton area and the Stark County area and really across the country, it’s a great, great event that we’ve been looking forward to, [but] having a crowd that size is highly unlikely,” DeWine said, via Ben Axelrod of WKYC. “Certainly, it could not occur today. It would be very dangerous to do it today.

“Again, we have to see where we are at that point, but that’s a large crowd, a lot of people together. These are the things that we’ve talked about all the way through this as we open Ohio up and we get back to work and we get back to doing the things that we like, probably the last things that are going to be able to be open are the big crowds, particularly when you have big crowds that are close together. So we have to continue to look at it and make decisions as we move forward, but if the question was, ‘Could that even occur today?’ the answer would be, ‘No.'”

The Hall of Fame Game between the Cowboys and Steelers is scheduled for Aug. 6, with the Hall of Fame induction ceremony two days later.

The Hall sold more than 20,000 game tickets within a half-hour of when they went on sale, and fans have purchased more than 10,000 tickets to the enshrinement ceremony.

July 1 long has appeared the likely deadline for a final decision on the weekend.

The Hall has several contingency plans, including sliding the game and ceremonies back later in August. They also could move the 2020 enshrinement to a spring weekend in 2021 or combine both classes in August 2021.

4 responses to “Ohio governor not optimistic about fans for Hall of Fame Game, ceremony

  1. Can we just skip preseason all together? Or at least just one game? Why add even more risk for meaningless crappy football?

  2. Well at least when the field isn’t playable they can just blame it on COVID-19 this year.

  3. Has anyone ever watched the Hall of Fame game? It isn’t even real preseason football. It’s like the second half of the third game, nobody on the field is making the roster.

  4. akaodoyle says:
    June 16, 2020 at 5:22 pm
    Has anyone ever watched the Hall of Fame game? It isn’t even real preseason football. It’s like the second half of the third game, nobody on the field is making the roster.

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    Yeah, even as a preseason game, HoF game feels largely symbolic. Only group who gets much from it are fans who go, and we’re not close to sending crowds into stadiums yet. Then you have cases like Shawn Suisham whose career ended tearing his ACL on the hack-job crap field.

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