The annual Pro Football Hall of Fame game will be held on August 9 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, marking the end of the NFL’s six month offseason as the Hall of Fame game is traditionally the first preseason game of the NFL. The two NFL teams participating this year are the Minnesota Vikings and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the oldest franchise in the AFC. This is the sixth Hall of Fame game overall for the Steelers and will be the Vikings fourth trip to the Hall of Fame game, as both teams have gone years since their last appearance to Fawcett Stadium. With the participation of both teams, the two were the first to open training camp earlier this week. Judging by secondary market demand, there are plenty of fans ready to get back to football.
According to TicketIQ, Pro Football Hall of Fame game tickets on the secondary market have an average price of $206.10 with the cheapest ticket to get in is priced at $117. The Vikings and Steelers will kick off the start of the 2015 season on August 9, but thousands of fans will be in Canton, Ohio to see the enshrinement of the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class as the induction will take place a day before the game on August 8 at the Tom Benson Hall. A total of eight men will receive professional football’s highest honor as Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff, and Ron Wolf will be among the names of the 2015 class that will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 3-2 in Hall of Fame games with their last appearance back in 2007. The Minnesota Vikings have had to wait a little longer, as it’s been 18 years since their last appearance going 2-1 in three Hall of Fame games. The Steelers, despite eight years between appearances, will be making the most appearances of the Hall of Fame game out of any other NFL team.
Another capacity crowd is expected on August 9 at Fawcett Stadium, which only has a capacity of over 22,000, well below the average for capacity of pro football stadiums. To date the game has always sold out since the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies attracts thousands of fans each year.