CANTON, Ohio (WOIO) - The Pro Football Hall of Fame confirmed all events scheduled for the 2020 Enshrinement Week have been pushed back to next year due to the coronavirus crisis.
This includes the Hall of Fame preseason matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers slated for Aug. 6 that sold out in 22-minutes when it went on sale back in March.
Instead, the Pro Football HOF will reschedule 2020′s events for Aug. 5-9, 2021, where the Class of 2020 will be honored in a separate ceremony from the Class of 2021 with what is being called “Twice the Fun in ’21.”
“The health and safety of our Hall of Famers, fans and volunteers who make Enshrinement Week so special remains our top priority,” said David Baker, president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “The Hall will honor the Centennial Class of 2020 next August, along with what promises to be an equally spectacular Class of 2021, as part of a multi-day celebration of football with an atmosphere that will deliver for fans ‘Twice the Fun in ’21.’”
The HOF said the NFL, Cowboys, and Steelers have agreed to postpone the 2020 Hall of Fame Game into 2021.
The two teams will go head-to-head on Aug. 5, 2021 to kick off “a full slate of events tied to honoring as many as 28 legends of the game in two Enshrinements.”
Fans can keep their tickets for the 2020 Hall of Fame Game to reserve their seats for the matchup in 2021 at the same price, or they can apply for a refund.
The HOF also said fans who hold their tickets also will receive a 25% discount on Hall of Fame merchandise purchased before March 31, 2021, and an opportunity to upgrade seat locations where available.
Fans who keep their tickets for the Enshrinement of the Centennial Class of 2020 will not only hold their seats, they also have the opportunity for presale tickets for the separate Enshrinement honoring the Class of 2021.
Fans who want a refund on tickets must request it by Friday, July 31.
The HOF will post the updated refund policy, an online form for refund requests, and answers to other questions Monday, June 29 at www.profootballhof.com/2020ticketoptions/.
Denny Saunier, president and CEO of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, said the “community stands ready to make next August truly memorable.”
“We have been a proud partner with the Hall for more than 50 years in producing wonderful events that showcase Canton and surrounding areas,” Saunier said. “Although we’re all disappointed we won’t be enjoying those festivities this summer, we look forward to welcoming the huge numbers of visitors and returning Hall of Famers who will make the 2021 Enshrinement Week special.”
“We believe postponing Enshrinement Week events in 2020 is the right way to honor our Enshrinees and their families properly, along with the other living Gold Jackets who want to come to Canton for this celebration,” Baker said. “We also believe next year promises to be the greatest gathering in football ever.”
Prior to Thursday’s announcement, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine already said it is “highly unlikely” that there will be a crowd for the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies and the preseason game back on June 16, seven weeks before the ceremonies were slated to kick off.
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