Insane details emerge explaining frightful Hall of Fame Game field conditions

Pablo Tucker
August 9, 2016

As was plainly obvious, the heat caused the paint to congeal and harden, and it was clear from the very first time you stepped on it that running on the painted surfaces was unsafe, at best.

The NFL canceled Sunday night's Hall of Fame game because of poor field conditions. The paint melted, and there was concern players' cleats would get stuck in the resulting mire.

The NFL and NFL Players Association released a joint statement about the cancellation, explaining, "We are very disappointed for our fans, but player safety is our primary concern, and as a result, we could not play an NFL game on this field tonight".

The Hall of Fame's president said the fans who had hoped to attend will be given a refund.


The Hall has promised fans a full refund on their tickets. For the 2016 edition, which was to feature the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts, the stadium was using the former field from the Superdome in New Orleans for this year's contest before being torn out for a permanent field to be installed for next year's contest.

There was a feeling the problems could be managed, but both teams grew concerned about the risk and so the National Football League chose to err on the side of caution by cancelling the event. "It was the Pro Football Hall of Fame keeping alive the façade, using its scoreboard to show a countdown to an 8 p.m. kickoff that would never happen, because there was money to be made". "If we don't have that integrity to respect our players and respect their safety, then we shouldn't be doing this job". Piles of rubber pellets remained near the middle of the field.

Fans were already in the stadium, and the players had already completed their warm-ups when the decision was made. "It was just incredible to see thegreen and gold".

"I can tell you this: Every one of those young players are upset", Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan said.


It's not often that a player and his coach get to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame in the same class, but it happened this year.

No one disputes the incompetence, but ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert calls out Irsay for trying to pass the buck.

The field was used for a Tim McGraw concert on Friday and for the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Saturday night. Besides, it's obvious from this latest incident that not even the league cares enough about it to make sure the field is properly prepared for the action. And for Pete's sake, Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham tore his ACL in last year's Hall of Fame game.


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