Hall of Fame to review Favre ceremony plans
The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is reviewing plans for Brett Favre's induction ceremony after the three-time MVP quarterback said in a television appearance Tuesday night that he'd like to see the event moved inside Lambeau Field.
The Packers Hall of Fame released the following statement Wednesday evening:
"The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc., the Green Bay Packers, and former Packers quarterback Brett Favre will continue to review and consider options to provide additional access related to the Hall of Fame induction activities. We anticipate having those options finalized in the near future and will make an announcement when the details are determined."
Many fans were disappointed when it was announced two weeks ago that tickets to Favre's induction ceremony would not be made available to the public. The Packers Hall of Fame cited high interest from sponsors and supporters in the banquet being "sold out."
Favre told Appleton native and Packers shareholder Greta Van Susteren during a Fox News interview Tuesday evening that he'd like to see the July 18 event moved from the Lambeau Field Atrium and into the actual stadium, which can seat more than 80,000.
"I know it's been stressful for the Packers especially, but we've gotten a lot of emails as well – it being sold out," Favre said. "I would like to see, in my opinion, I'd like to see us do it in the stadium. I think everyone should have a chance to go."
Traditionally, a select amount of tickets have been made available for the public to purchase. Approximately 1,600 people were expected for this year's event pending whatever adjustments that could be made.
The Packers said they planned to televise the banquet through their official affiliates to accommodate those who cannot attend. In Green Bay, the event would be broadcast on WGBA (NBC 26).
The team first announced in August that Favre would be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame, along with having his No. 4 jersey retired.Favre's number will be unveiled inside Lambeau Field during a to be determined 2015 home game.
"Each year, no matter who is inducted, we first go to the people and companies who have supported us throughout the years to determine their interest in the banquet," Packers Hall of Fame President Perry Kidder said in a statement. "We were delighted with the positive response this year and how quickly the sponsorships, tickets and tables sold out. In addition to our longtime supporters, we will host a record number of returning Hall of Famers and their guests, plus expected NFL dignitaries."
Van Susteren mentioned during the interview that Favre didn't play in the atrium – he starred for 16 seasons working on Lambeau Field's canvas. Favre said he was thankful the organization was "having him back."
"Well, the response has been outstanding," Favre said. "I think everyone should have an option to go and what better way to do it than Lambeau Field. You're right, I didn't play in the atrium. … As you know, that whole facility is second to none in any sport, but there's nothing like Lambeau Field, and even though the atrium's right there, it would be nice to do it in the stadium. Obviously weather's a factor."
Van Susteren quickly interjected that if fans are willing to persevere through snowy and frigid conditions to cheer on the team, they'd stop at nothing to take part in the ceremony honoring the franchise's all-time leading passer.
A little more than five months from the event, can something be done to move the festivities into Lambeau?
"Maybe they will," Favre said. "I can't answer that, but I think the fans are the fans. I think they should have the option to come if they so choose I couldn't tell you if it would be 10,000 or 60,000 but I think they should have that opportunity."
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