Tonight’s scheduled Hall of Fame Game between the Packers and Colts was canceled over an hour ago, but we are constantly learning more about the decision to cancel the game as well as the field conditions itself.
One of the fascinating pieces of information revolves around the actual turf in use at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. That stadium was renamed to honor Benson, the New Orleans Saints owner, in large part because of his donations to the Hall of Fame, However, there is this other fact that was revealed by ESPN’s Adam Schefter this evening:
"This is a field that was in the home stadium of the Saints for the last year....Tom Benson made a donation of this field" - @AdamSchefter— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) August 8, 2016
That’s right - the turf that was installed at the stadium in Canton was the field that spent the past year inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. How does a batch of turf that was used for ten NFL games last season get so bad after re-installation that it causes a football game to be canceled just minutes before the scheduled kickoff? The world may never know (EDIT: we do know now - it was due to bizarre decisions involving painting the midfield logo and the end zones), but at least we do not have to see the Packers’ players risk their livelihoods and ligaments playing on it tonight.