The Hall of Fame Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys has been pushed back to 2021, along with the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s enshrinement ceremony for the Class of 2020.
The game, which was scheduled in Canton, Ohio, for Aug. 6 and the ceremony, scheduled for Aug. 8, will be moved to next summer due to coronavirus concerns, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. The cancellations mark the first NFL events to be completely canceled by the pandemic.
Ohio governor Mike DeWine said on June 16 that he thought it was unlikely fans would be able to attend the event.
The Hall of Fame Game is the first preseason game of the season for the NFL, and the Steelers and Cowboys had been scheduled to open their training camps a week early to accommodate the earlier start to competition. Instead, the Steelers will begin training camp at Heinz Field on July 28.
Former Steelers safeties Troy Polamalu and Donnie Shell and head coach Bill Cowher and former Pitt offensive lineman Jimbo Covert are all part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s centennial class of 2020.
With the Hall of Fame Game canceled, the Steelers are now scheduled to begin their preseason on Friday, Aug. 14 at Heinz Field against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.