INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AND GREEN BAY PACKERS
TO PLAY IN 2016 NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME
NFL’S PRESEASON OPENER SET FOR AUGUST 7
AT TOM BENSON HALL OF FAME STADIUM IN CANTON
CANTON, OHIO – The Indianapolis Colts and
Green Bay Packers will travel to Canton in August to kick off the
National Football League’s 2016 preseason in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game. The
preseason classic is set for Sunday, Aug. 7 at 8 PM ET in Canton’s Tom Benson
Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Colts and
Packers will close out the 2016 Enshrinement Weekend one day after three of
their famed legends are formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Longtime Packers quarterback BRETT FAVRE and the Colts’ former head
coach TONY DUNGY and wide receiver MARVIN HARRISON are among the
eight-man class that was recently elected to the Hall of Fame. Other members of
the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 include owner EDWARD DeBARTOLO, JR.,
linebacker KEVIN GREENE, tackle ORLANDO PACE, quarterback KEN
STABLER and guard DICK STANFEL.
Favre spent 16 of
his 20 NFL seasons with the Packers and led the resurgence of the franchise
that resulted in a Super Bowl XXXI victory. He retired as the NFL’s all-time
leader in passing yards, attempts, completions, and touchdowns. Dungy coached
the Colts for seven seasons during which time the team posted 12 or more wins
every year except his first when Indianapolis finished 10-6. He became the
first African American head coach to win a Super Bowl when he led the Colts to
a victory in Super Bowl XLI. Harrison played his entire 13-season career in
Indianapolis and racked up 1,102 catches for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns.
He was named First- or Second-Team All-Pro eight times and voted to eight Pro
The Colts and
Packers will each make their fifth appearance in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game.
in HOF Game (2-2-0)
· 1964 – vs.
Pittsburgh Steelers (W, 48-17)
· 1982 – vs.
Minnesota Vikings (L, 14-30)
· 1996 – vs.
New Orleans Saints (W, 10-3)
· 2008 – vs.
Washington Redskins (L, 16-30)
in HOF Game (1-2-1)
· 1969 – vs.
Atlanta Falcons (W, 38-24)
· 1980 – vs.
San Diego Chargers (T, 0-0)*
· 1993 – vs.
Los Angeles Raiders (L, 3-19)
· 2003 – vs.
Kansas City Chiefs (L, 0-9)*
*Games ended early due to lightning and heavy rain.
FAME ENSHRINEMENT WEEKEND
Class of 2016 – DeBartolo, Jr., Dungy, Favre, Greene, Harrison, Pace, Stabler
and Stanfel – will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on
Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. The Enshrinement Ceremony takes place at the new Tom
Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton and will be televised nationally by NFL
Network and ESPN.
major events complementing the Enshrinement Ceremony and NFL/Hall of Fame Game
on Sunday, Aug. 7, are the nationally televised Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner
(Thursday, August 4) on NFL Network, the Concert for Legends, this year
featuring Tim McGraw (Friday, August 5) and the Enshrinees GameDay
Roundtable (Sunday, August 7). It is at the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner
where members of the Class of 2016 will be presented his Hall of Fame Gold
Jacket. At the Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable, the Class of 2016 will be
featured center stage as they share memories of the game and their personal
feelings about being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
than 100 Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) return to the Hall of Fame each
year to be a part of the Enshrinement Ceremony celebration. Nowhere else are
fans able to see and interact with as many Hall of Famers in one place at one
time as in Canton during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week.
Concert for Legends, Enshrinement Ceremony and NFL/Hall of Fame Game will be
held inside the brand new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The venue’s new
north stands and fan plaza will be completed in time for the 2016 Enshrinement
Week. The second phase of the stadium’s reconstruction will be completed in
2017. Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, a world-class sports and entertainment
complex, is one component of the $476 million Hall of Fame Village project that
began in September 2015.
Tickets on Sale Now
Tickets to the Enshrinement Weekend
events are on sale now and available at ProFootballHOF.com/tickets
and by calling 844-4-HOFTIX.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame also
offers Official Fan Packages that provide fans with VIP experiences, premium
seats, and parties with Hall of Famers during the 2016 Enshrinement Week.
Official Fan Packages are on sale now at HOFExperiences.com.
About the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Located in Canton, Ohio, the birthplace of the National Football
League, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Mission is to Honor the Heroes of
the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values, & Celebrate Excellence
Hundreds of thousands of fans from across the globe travel to
Canton annually to experience the exciting museum that chronicles America’s
most popular sport. Millions more are reached through the Hall of Fame’s
100-plus special events held annually outside Canton and through the multiple
nationally broadcast programs focused on the selection of the newest Class of
Enshrinees – Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, Kevin Greene,
Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel – and
the Enshrinement Weekend (Aug. 4-7, 2016). Now in its third year of traveling, Gridiron
Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a large-scale traveling
exhibition that presents a panoramic view of pro football’s story and includes
hundreds of artifacts from the Hall’s expansive collection. Gridiron Glory will
be showcased at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, Calif., site of Super
Bowl 50, from Jan. 18-April 3, 2016 and is scheduled for three-month stays at
various museums and cultural institutions through 2019. Enshrinees from the
Class of 2016 along with numerous other Hall of Fame members will receive the
spectacular Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence by Kay® Jewelers
during ceremonies held in NFL stadiums during the 2016 NFL regular season. The Hometown
Hall of Famer™ program presented by Ford honors Hall of Fame heroes
with a program and permanent plaque to honor the Hall of Famer’s hometown
support. Now in its 4th year, the US Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award
for Excellence honors 20 high school students nationally for excellence in
community service, academics and athletics. Construction on HOF Village,
a $476 million development project, is under way in Canton to transform the
Hall of Fame’s campus.
information about the Pro Football Hall of Fame, please visit ProFootballHOF.com; @ProFootballHOF on Twitter, Facebook,
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