The Hall of Fame Game has been officially canceled.
In the 58 year history of the annual preseason game, it has been canceled only two other times before now. First was because of the 2011 NFL Lockout and the second time was due to bad field conditions.
The Good News
There are silver linings to this though. The Cowboys and Steelers are going to play each other in the regular season at AT&T Stadium. Plus, Adam Schefter says that these two teams will play next year.
How did we Got Here?
Last week the Governor of Ohio Mike DeWine said that fans who were going to attending the game would be “highly unlikely” due to concerns of the Coronavirus. Here is what he said?
“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 back on June 16. “Certainly, it could not occur today. It would be very dangerous to do it today.”
What Is Next for the Hall of Fame?
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter is reporting that not only is the game canceled, but the Enshrinement ceremony is canceled as well. That is the first time in the 50 plus year history to cancel a ceremony.
He is also reporting that the league is meeting today to plan on Training camp procedures and also a plan for the 2020 preseason schedule. No announcement on when the enshrinement ceremony will be rescheduled.