Hall of Fame game pushed back to 2021

The Steelers-Cowboys Pro Football Hall of Fame game, which would have kicked off the 2020 preseason, will not take place this year. The game was scheduled to take place on Thursday, Aug. 6 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, but will not be played because of public health concerns in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of playing in the game this season, the two teams will meet in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game to start the 2021 preseason.

In addition, the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony, set for Aug. 8, has been postponed until 2021. The Steelers have three members of the Class of 2020, which is the Hall of Fame's Centennial Class, including Bill Cowher, Troy Polamalu and Donnie Shell.

The events are being rescheduled as a public health precaution by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. The 2021 Hall of Fame Weekend will take place Aug. 5-9, 2021.

"The health and safety of our Hall of Famers, fans and volunteers who make Enshrinement Week so special remains our top priority," said David Baker, president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "The Hall will honor the Centennial Class of 2020 next August, along with what promises to be an equally spectacular Class of 2021, as part of a multi-day celebration of football with an atmosphere that will deliver for fans 'Twice the Fun in '21.'"

The Steelers haven't played in the Hall of Fame game since 2015, the year Jerome Bettis was enshrined, and have a 3-3 record in the game.

Fans who have already purchased tickets to the 2020 Hall of Fame game can either keep them for 2021 or request a refund. The refund policy is being handled by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and an online form for submissions and answers to other questions will be posted Monday, June 29 at www.profootballhof.com/refund2020/.

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