Brett Favre isn’t the only one going to Canton, Ohio.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts will kick off the 2016 NFL season in the annual Hall of Fame game that will be played at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The selection means Green Bay will play five preseason games this summer with training camp likely to begin July 24, two weeks prior to the game.
It’ll be the fifth time the Packers have played in the Hall of Fame game and the first time since a rain-shortened 9-0 loss to Kansas City on Aug. 4, 2003. The Packers’ only win came on Sept. 13, 1969, against Atlanta.
The Packers and Colts will be celebrating the enshrinement of Favre, former Colts coach Tony Dungy, and Colts receiver Marvin Harrison, who'll be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame the night before. Former Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene is also among the eight-man induction class.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sounded less than thrilled when asked in a Twitter chat with fans Tuesday about how he felt about the extra preseason game.
Although it’s unlikely most starters will play in the game, it will be the first of two encounters the Packers will have with Indianapolis in 2016. Green Bay is also scheduled to host the Colts during the regular season.
The Packers’ last appearance came when receiver James Lofton was selected to the Hall of Fame in 2003. Herb Adderley was enshrined in 1980 when the Packers and Chargers played to a 0-0 tie before inclement weather.
Tickets to Enshrinement Weekend events are on sale and available at ProFootballHOF.com/tickets and by calling 844-4-HOFTIX.
The early game will shuffle the schedule for events normally associated with training camp, including the Packers shareholders' meeting, the release of the team's financial report, Family Night and possibly the Packers' 5K run/walk.
"Now that this game is set, we’ll continue planning for all the various activities at the start of camp. We’ll announce those dates in the future," said Packers spokesman Aaron Popkey.
Family Night will happen, Popkey said.
"Family Night is a valuable experience for the type of practice it is," he said. "And for the price, it's a great way to introduce your kids to Lambeau Field."
The shareholders meeting normally is the week before the opening of training camp, which this year would be the week of July 18.
Packers in Hall of Fame game (1-2-1)
1969 – vs. Atlanta Falcons (W, 38-24)
1980 – vs. San Diego Chargers (T, 0-0)*
1993 – vs. Los Angeles Raiders (L, 3-19)
2003 – vs. Kansas City Chiefs (L, 0-9)*
* Games ended early due to lightning and heavy rain.