2020 NFL Hall of Fame Game Canceled

Cooper Rush (7) of the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The traditional kickoff to the NFL preseason will not take place this August, as the previously-scheduled Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers will be canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s matchup, which was set to be held on August 7th as part of the traditional Hall of Fame Weekend, is yet another cancellation in the long line of sporting events that have been interrupted by the ongoing pandemic.

Instead, reports are that both the Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the game itself will take place in summer 2021. Football fans will be deprived of the traditional kickoff to the football season, at least this year.

While the NFL has not announced any changes or modifications at the current time to the regular season, which is set to begin in early September, the news of the cancellation of the Hall of Fame Game is enough to begin to worry fans, coaches, owners, and the rest of the football world.

For the moment, however, teams are still expected to begin training camp in about a month in preparation for the season, which is set to open on September 10th in Kansas City.