Brett Favre wants Packers Hall of Fame ceremony held in Lambeau Field
It’s taken a few years, but the bad blood that existed between Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers organization has slowly been cleansed as the quarterback will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame, currently scheduled for July 18.
The original plans were to hold the ceremony in the Lambeau Field Atrium, but if Favre had his way, he would want it to occur on the turf at Lambeau Field, the very field where he performed his gridiron heroics during his 16 seasons with the team.
Favre, while making an appearance Tuesday on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” made his preferences known.
“We’ve been talking for the last year about coordinating a time and we haven’t picked a game yet as far as the halftime ceremony,” Favre said. “I know it’s been stressful for the Packers especially, but we’ve gotten a lot of emails as well — it being sold out. … I would like to see us do it in the stadium.”
Approximately 1,600 tickets have been snapped up for the ceremony planned for the Lambeau Atrium, meaning it unsurprisingly is a sold-out event. More fans obviously would be able to attend should the Packers decide to move Favre’s induction inside the stadium.
Either way, Favre expressed gratitude to the Packers, despite how his wishy-washy approach to retirement arguably held up the organization’s transition to Aaron Rodgers — who nevertheless expressed support for Favre last year.
“The response has been outstanding,” Favre said. “I think everyone should have an option to go. And what better way to do it than Lambeau Field. You’re right, I didn’t play in the atrium. As you know, that whole facility is second to none. But there’s nothing like Lambeau Field, and even though the atrium’s right there. …Obviously weather’s a factor.”
The quarterback great’s signing with the New York Jets upset some Packers-backers but it was his two-season dalliance with the rival Minnesota Vikings that left an extremely bitter taste in mouths of fans that took a few extra years to dissipate, and perhaps for some hasn’t yet.
After making a personal announcement Monday regarding the induction on his official site, a statement was posted Tuesday that acknowledged Favre’s comments on the FOX News show, saying, “Hopefully the Green Bay Packers organization can find a way to have it moved to Lambeau Field, so more fans can enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.”