The Hall of Fame Game – the NFL's annual kickoff to preseason football – was canceled on Sunday night after the field was considered too dangerous to play on.
The game was supposed to happen in Canton, Ohio, between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts, but the paint at midfield and in the end zones was deemed too slippery to play on, according to NFL Media.
Canceling the game prompted the fans, who were in their seats ready to watch some football, to boo the heck out of Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker as he made the announcement.
"We heard their concerns," Baker said in an interview on ESPN, via the Green Bay Press Gazette. "Though it was a difficult decision, a lot of fans came a long way. But it was the only decision that could be made. There will be a refund policy. I don't know what it is yet."
Baker added that one of the team's doctors shook his hand and said canceling the game to protect the players was the "greatest statement in the history of the league in terms of respect for player's and their safety."