Both organizations very concerned about playing surface and there are real questions about whether tonight's game will be played.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 7, 2016
Parts of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio are as hard as concrete in opinion of multiple players. Unsafe, they say.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 7, 2016
The paint that was applied today on middle of field, and in endzones, has congealed; would be like playing on tar.
Game now doubtful.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 7, 2016
Teams have been told tonight's Hall-of-Fame game has been cancelled. Now awaiting official announcement.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 7, 2016
ESPN's Lisa Salters reports that the issue stems from a Tim McGraw concert that was held at the venue on Friday.
The Hall of Fame Game was supposed to be the start of the 2016-17 NFL season, but that is not the case. The game is not expected to be made up.
The cancellation won't affect either the Colts or the Packers all that much, as both teams still have four other preseason games to play, which is the amount the other 30 teams will play.
This is the second time in six years that the Hall of Fame Game has not been played. The game was cancelled following the lockout in the 2011 offseason, and the league concluded there wasn't enough time to prepare for the game once the lockout ended.Back to the NFL Newsfeed