The chances of the Cowboys and Steelers playing in Canton, Ohio this summer are getting slimmer.
When speaking Tuesday, Ohio Govenor Mike DeWine appeared to rule out the possibility of fans attending the Hall of Fame Game and the enshrinement ceremony taking place in August.
“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, via Ben Axelrod of WKYC. “Certainly, it could not occur today. It would be very dangerous to do it today.
“Again, we have to see where we are at that point, but that’s a large crowd, a lot of people together. These are the things that we’ve talked about all the way through this as we open Ohio up and we get back to work and we get back to doing the things that we like, probably the last things that are going to be able to be open are the big crowds, particularly when you have big crowds that are close together. So we have to continue to look at it and make decisions as we move forward, but if the question was, ‘Could that even occur today?’ the answer would be, ‘No.'”
If The Hall is unable to host fans, then the game (scheduled for Aug. 6) and ceremony (scheduled for Aug. 8) are likely to be canceled.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Hall sold more than 20,000 game tickets less than an hour after they went on sale, and another 10,000 tickets have been purchased for the ceremony.
The Hall has several options they can consider if they cancel or postpone the event. Those include: moving the game and induction ceremony back to a later date in the preseason, moving the event to the Spring of 2021, or they can merge the class of 2020 with the class of 2021.