After earlier this month’s embarrassing cancellation of the Hall of Fame Game between the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers because of poor field conditions, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will refund the fans who attended the game not only the face-value cost of the game tickets and handling fees, but will cover one night of hotel costs for eligible fans.
Hall of Fame president David Baker released this statement:
“The Hall of Fame game is our event, we sincerely regret disappointing fans but we believe that cancelling the game was the right thing to do. Respect for players and their safety must always come first, especially by the Hall of Fame. We endeavored to handle, to the best of our ability, these difficult circumstances in the right way. Our focus was on the safety of the players and the best and safest way to communicate the decision to fans, teams, league and the media representatives.”
“We take full responsibility for what occurred at the game. We are doing what is right for our fans. We will learn from this experience so something like this never happens again.”
In addition to the refund, ticket holders will also collect the following:
- Four admission passes to the museum, which are good for any time during the next years.
- A photo of the 2016 Hall of Fame class with the returning Hall of Famers that was taken on the museum steps.
- A copy of the Hall of Fame yearbook.
- A 30-percent discount on any merchandise in the museum’s online store
- The opportunity to purchase tickets (before anyone else) for a future enshrinement ceremony or Hall of Fame game for one of the next five years.
The Pro Football Fame president could definitely teach the NFL commissioner a thing or two.