Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers to play in 2016 NFL/Hall of Fame Game
The Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers will travel to Canton in August to kick off the National Football League’s 2016 preseason in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game. The preseason classic is set for Sunday, Aug. 7 at 8 PM ET in Canton’s Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Colts and Packers will close out the 2016 Enshrinement Weekend one day after three of their famed legends are formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Longtime Packers quarterback BRETT FAVRE and the Colts’ former head coach TONY DUNGY and wide receiver MARVIN HARRISON are among the eight-man class that was recently elected to the Hall of Fame. Other members of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 include owner EDWARD DeBARTOLO, JR., linebacker KEVIN GREENE, tackle ORLANDO PACE, quarterback KEN STABLER and guard DICK STANFEL.
Favre spent 16 of his 20 NFL seasons with the Packers and led the resurgence of the franchise that resulted in a Super Bowl XXXI victory. He retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, attempts, completions, and touchdowns. Dungy coached the Colts for seven seasons during which time the team posted 12 or more wins every year except his first when Indianapolis finished 10-6. He became the first African American head coach to win a Super Bowl when he led the Colts to a victory in Super Bowl XLI. Harrison played his entire 13-season career in Indianapolis and racked up 1,102 catches for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. He was named All-Pro six times and voted to eight Pro Bowls.
The Colts and Packers will each make their fifth appearance in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game.
Colts in HOF Game (2-2-0)
- 1964 – vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (W, 48-17)
- 1982 – vs. Minnesota Vikings (L, 14-30)
- 1996 – vs. New Orleans Saints (W, 10-3)
- 2008 – vs. Washington Redskins (L, 16-30)
Packers in HOF Game (1-2-1)
- 1969 – vs. Atlanta Falcons (W, 38-24)
- 1980 – vs. San Diego Chargers (T, 0-0)*
- 1993 – vs. Los Angeles Raiders (L, 3-19)
- 2003 – vs. Kansas City Chiefs (L, 0-9)*
*Games ended early due to lightning and heavy rain.
HALL OF FAME ENSHRINEMENT WEEKEND
The Class of 2016 – DeBartolo, Jr., Dungy, Favre, Greene, Harrison, Pace, Stabler and Stanfel – will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. The Enshrinement Ceremony takes place at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton and will be televised nationally by NFL Network and ESPN.
Three major events complementing the Enshrinement Ceremony and NFL/Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, Aug. 7, are the nationally televised Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner (Thursday, August 4) on NFL Network, the Concert for Legends, this year featuring Tim McGraw (Friday, August 5) and the Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable (Sunday, August 7). It is at the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner where members of the Class of 2016 will be presented his Hall of Fame Gold Jacket. At the Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable, the Class of 2016 will be featured center stage as they share memories of the game and their personal feelings about being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
More than 100 Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) return to the Hall of Fame each year to be a part of the Enshrinement Ceremony celebration. Nowhere else are fans able to see and interact with as many Hall of Famers in one place at one time as in Canton during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week.
The Concert for Legends, Enshrinement Ceremony and NFL/Hall of Fame Game will be held inside the brand new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The venue’s new north stands and fan plaza will be completed in time for the 2016 Enshrinement Week. The second phase of the stadium’s reconstruction will be completed in 2017. Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, a world-class sports and entertainment complex, is one component of the $476 million Hall of Fame Village project that began in September 2015.
Tickets on Sale Now
Tickets to the Enshrinement Weekend events are on sale now and available at ProFootballHOF.com/tickets and by calling 844-4-HOFTIX.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame also offers Official Fan Packages that provide fans with VIP experiences, premium seats, and parties with Hall of Famers during the 2016 Enshrinement Week. Official Fan Packages are on sale now at HOFExperiences.com.
Love at the Hall of Fame
William and Erika LaChance wanted to create a memorable experience for their wedding. They both love football so they decided there was no better place for them to get married than at the mecca of football - the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Behind the Scenes of the 2015 Enshrinement Ceremony
Check out the video below and watch the behind-the-scenes footage of the Class of 2015 moments leading up to their induction.