The Pro Football Hall of Fame game between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts scheduled for Sunday night was cancelled due to poor field conditions, ESPN reported.
According to ESPN, the wrong paint was applied to the Hall of Fame logo at midfield and in the end zones of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium at Canton, Ohio.
Both teams were cleared off the field at 6:30 p.m. CDT, approximately 90 minutes before the scheduled start of the first NFL preseason game of the season. The contest was cancelled about 30 minutes later.
Earlier, Packers coach Mike McCarthy and Colts coach Chuck Pagano were watching as workers attempted to clear thousands of rubber pellets off the field.
The field was used for a Tim McGraw concert on Friday and for the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Saturday night. The field was covered during Saturday’s festivities.
The field in Canton was highly criticized in last year’s contest as well. Pittsburgh kicker Shaun Suisham tore the ACL in his non-kicking knee during the contest and cited the conditions as the reason for his injury that ultimately led to his release by the Steelers.
On Saturday, Brett Favre’s enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame turned out to be an emotional affair, just like his stellar career.
Favre joined Marvin Harrison, Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler, Dick Stanfel and Eddie DeBartolo Jr. in the 2016 class of football greats who were immortalized during a special ceremony.
A three-time NFL MVP quarterback who enjoyed the bulk of his playing days in Green Bay, Favre was the last to take the stage and gave an emotional speech paying tribute to his late father who was also his high school coach.
Recalling a poor game he played in high school, Favre said that he overhead his father tell fellow coaches that his son would redeem himself.
“I spent the rest of my career trying to redeem myself and make him proud. I hope I succeeded,” Favre said.