CANTON, OH (WOIO) - The 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame game on August 7th at Fawcett Stadium has officially been cancelled.
For many Stark County residents, the game has been held every year since they can remember. "It's been going on for so long… it's part of history" says Thomas Holmes Jr. of Canton.
Holmes was planning on watching the game perched on his rooftop, but that's now not going to happen since this year's game has been cancelled. "I just can't believe they are going to cancel it, it's tradition to me…a lot of history behind it… it's gonna affect a lot of people" says Holmes.
Hall of Fame spokesperson Joe Horrigan says time just ran out. "Just because it has not ended yet and the sequence of events that follow… the players signing and getting them into camp and so on… it just made it impossible for our game to survive the schedule" says Horrigan.
Now, 14 thousand tickets need to be refunded and millions of dollars in revenue for the city has been lost.
That's not all. People like Frank Gerstenslager will be losing out on cash earned from allowing people to pay to park on his property the day of the big game. With a big property to park on, that's hundreds of bucks that won't be seen.
The big game may be cancelled, but there are tons of other events lined up including the most important, the Enshrinement Ceremony. So far, there have been 8 thousand tickets already sold for that.