NFL Preseason Hall of Fame Game
NFL Preseason: 2017 Hall of Fame Game
Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals
Thursday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m. ET
Fawcett Stadium, Canton, Ohio
Ready for NFL Preseason Betting? Thursday Night August 3rd, Pro Football will officially begin with the the national spotlight on Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals for the famous NFL Hall of Fame Game. Over the last few years the Hall has welcomed some true legends of the sport, like Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice.
The 2016 Hall of Fame Game edition, which was expected to feature the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts, was canceled last August because of concerns about the playing surface. After this situation, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has decided to make a major change to the schedule of events for the its 2017 induction ceremony. Instead of playing the Hall of Fame game on a Sunday, the game will now be held on a Thursday. That means the Hall of Fame game, which officially kicks off the NFL preseason, will be the first event of induction weekend, instead of the final event.
The football field gets beat up during enshrinement weekend, so it wasn't a surprise that the Hall of Fame Game finally got canceled. In the past, the Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio would host the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday night and then the game on Sunday. However, that won't happen again since the game has been moved to Thursday.
The Hall of Fame has been expanded numerous times and now features more than 50,000 square feet of exhibits. All told, there are 267 individuals in the Hall of Fame, including all-time greats like Paul Brown, Dick Butkus, Tony Dorsett, Vince Lombardi and Joe Montana to name just a few.The game will be played just one day after the newest class of enshrinees is formally inducted into the Hall of Fame. Three of the seven members of the Class have ties to the participating teams.
Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals Hall of Fame Game
Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals will do battle in the first kickoff of the year. This will be the sixth appearance for the Cowboys (2-3 in their prior HOF Games) and the fifth for the Cardinals (1-2-1). The Cowboys return to Canton for the 6th time. Dallas holds a 1-3 record in the Hall of Fame series. Their last appearance came in 2010 with a 16-7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. A clash between the Cowboys and Cardinals should give the stadium a big audience for its national return to the spotlight. Expectations will be especially high for Dallas after a resurgent 2016 season where its 13-3 record was the best in the NFC.