The 2016 schedules haven’t been released, but we’ll be seeing the Indianapolis Colts on the field first this coming season.
With two former members of the team entering the Hall of Fame this year, the Colts were a no-brainer to play in the first preseason game of the year. The Colts will celebrate coach Tony Dungy and wide receiver Marvin Harrison‘s inductions while their opponent, the Green Bay Packers, will see Brett Favre go into the Hall.
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The two team’s will face off on August 7 at 8 p.m. in Canton, Ohio’s Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. It has been a tradition that two of the team’s seeing former player being inducted will play in this game.
Interesting enough the Colts and Packers are already slated to play each other at some point during the regular season in Green Bay. The last time these two team’s met was 2012 just after the Colts learned that coach Chuck Pagano had been diagnosed with leukemia. That game saw the Colts rally from a 21-3 halftime deficit and pull off a huge upset in Andrew Luck‘s rookie season.
One unfortunate byproduct of playing in this game is that it means both the Colts and Packers will have to play in five preseason games. The Colts already have some annoying scheduling issues to deal with this season courtesy of a game against the Jaguars in London, and now they have to add one more contest to the schedule. This also means that it won’t have any impact on season ticket holders since it is an additional exhibition game at a neutral site.
Dungy and Harrison will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on August 6, the Saturday before the game. You can find tickets to the whole weekend here.
With this news it means that the Colts (and Packers) will be the first team(s) to open training camp. They’ll head to Anderson, Ind. on July 24 while most other teams report between July 28-31.