Having had pretty much all year to prepare for the NFL’s Hall of Fame Game, the groundskeeping crew should be embarrassed by the turf in Canton for Sunday night’s game.
Jason La Canfora was the first to report the game had been cancelled.
I'm told teams being informed there will not be a Hall of Game tonight due to unsafe playing field conditions
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 7, 2016
Multiple reports indicated that the field is in terrible shape.
— Dave Furst (@DaveFurst) August 7, 2016
Parts of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio are as hard as concrete in opinion of multiple players. Unsafe, they say.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 7, 2016
Football is back. But there is a lot of concern about the playability of the turf in Canton. pic.twitter.com/RUuF0S1uOB
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) August 7, 2016
Here’s a close-up look at what they are concerned about, and it’s not pretty.
There are large chunks of this field that are nothing but rubber pellets right now. pic.twitter.com/Zp8YpHqygl
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) August 7, 2016
All in all, this is just a horrible look for the first game of the season for the NFL, which now isn’t happening.