2020 Hall of Fame Game, enshrinement cancelled

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame game and enshrinement are on hold.

The annual festivities held in Canton, Ohio will not take place this year in the wake of the recent surge of the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide.

“The health and safety of our Hall of Famers, fans and volunteers who make enshrinement week so special remains our top priority,” David Baker, president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said. “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 game and ceremonies have been rescheduled for Aug. 5-9, 2021.

The Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to postpone the 2020 Hall of Fame game and will play on Thursday night, Aug. 5, 2021 instead.

“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.”

Fans may hold on to their tickets for the game and enshrinement ceremony or request a refund by July 31, 2020.

The Hall of Fame plans to hold separate enshrinement ceremonies for the class of 2020 and 2021.