ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos will play the Atlanta Falcons in the 2019 Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, Aug. 1 (8 p.m. EDT kickoff, NBC), at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, it was announced on Tuesday.
The Hall of Fame Game will be the first event of the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week in Canton. Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen and former cornerback Champ Bailey are set to be inducted into the Hall on Saturday, Aug. 3, as members of the Class of 2019.
“With Mr. Bowlen and Champ Bailey part of this year’s induction class, it’s an honor for the Broncos to play in the Hall of Fame Game,” Broncos Head Coach Vic Fangio said. “We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of Broncos fans in Canton, and it’s also special for us to help kick off the NFL’s 100th season. Football-wise, it gives our team an extra week of training camp and additional practices that we’ll use to our advantage.”
The Broncos will be making their fourth all-time appearance in the Hall of Fame Game and their first since 2004 when former quarterback and current President of Football Operations/GM John Elway became the franchise’s first Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.
Fangio, who will make his head coaching debut in the game, will be coaching in his second consecutive Hall of Fame Game and fourth overall. He previously coached the game as a defensive coordinator for Chicago (2018), Houston (2002) and Carolina (1995).