CANTON, OHIO, April 9, 2009 — The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced that a very limited number of sideline and end zone tickets for the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game featuring the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills will be made available for sale to the public on Tuesday, April 14.
The August 9, 2009 Hall of Fame Game, televised nationally on NBC's Sunday Night Football, is scheduled for an 8:00 PM ET start. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 800-913-9788 beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET on April 14.
The cost is $55 for sideline and $45 for end zone seats. There is a limit of ten tickets per household. An immediate sellout of the available tickets is expected. All tickets are non-refundable and will be mailed on June 26th.
The Hall of Fame Game, played the day after the induction of the Hall of Fame's newest class of enshrinees, caps a multi-day festival in Canton. The Class of 2009 –wide receiver Bob Hayes, guard Randall McDaniel, defensive end Bruce Smith, linebacker Derrick Thomas, owner/founder Ralph Wilson, Jr., and defensive back Rod Woodson – will be formally enshrined during a ceremony held the night before the game.
This year, the Hall of Fame Game matchup marks a celebration of the American Football League's 50th Anniversary Season. The Titans, who began as the Houston Oilers, and the Bills were original members of the AFL that played its first season in 1960. In 1970, the NFL and the AFL merged into one league with two conferences, the AFC and NFC.
The Hall of Fame will feature both teams playing in throwback uniforms. The Titans, who moved to Tennessee following the 1996 season, will be dressed in uniforms styled after those worn by the Oilers in the 1960s. The Hall of Fame Game is the first of numerous ways in which the NFL will celebrate the 50th season of its AFL clubs.
Both the Bills and Titans are appearing in Canton for the third time and each is looking for its first win in the preseason classic. Buffalo last played in the game in 1989 and fell to the Washington Redskins, 31-6. The Bills also lost 21-13 to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1974. The Titans' only two appearances came as the Oilers. The club lost to the New York Giants, 21-20 in 1985 and to the Los Angeles Rams, 17-6, in the 1971 Hall of Fame Game.