The Pro Football Hall of Fame is still on track to hold the annual Hall of Fame Game on August 7th between the Bears and the Rams — the first game on the NFL’s preseason calendar — according to Hall of Fame president Steve Perry. “We’re making all plans to have the game on time. We’ve heard from both parties — the owners and the players — and they’ve expressed their desire to have the game. So, that’s our plan,” Perry told Sal Paolantonio of ESPN.
“Ticket sales are lagging behind where they were compared to this time last year,” Perry acknowledged. “That’s understandable. There is some uncertainty out there. But we’re planning to have the game. Nobody has told us otherwise. In fact, both sides have told us they want to play the game.”
Perry said tickets for about half the 22,000-seat Fawcett Stadium have been sold. If the game is not sold out, it would be blacked out in the Ohio area around Canton, he said. Perry said the Bears and Rams have both told the Hall of Fame they plan to play in the game, but to do so both teams would have to begin training camp the third week in July — which means the labor negotiators are cutting it extremely close.