Packers considering options for fan access at Brett Favre ceremony
Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame this summer, and he wants the ceremony to be held at Lambeau Field, he told Greta Van Susteren of Fox News.
The July 18 event is currently scheduled for the Lambeau Field Atrium, and the Packers have reportedly sold all of the 1,600 tickets. Speaking with Van Susteren, who is a Packers shareholder, Favre said he would like the event to be open to the public.
"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 in any sport, but there's nothing like Lambeau Field, and even though the atrium's right there, it would be nice to do it in the stadium. Obviously weather's a factor."
"I know it's been stressful for the Packers especially, but we've gotten a lot of emails as well [about] it being sold out. I would like to see, in my opinion, I'd like to see us do it in the stadium. I think everyone should have a chance to go."
Later Wednesday, the Packers released a statement saying they "continue to review and consider options" for fan access to Favre's induction.
The Packers have yet to schedule a date for the unveiling of Favre's retired jersey, but it is set to take place some time during the 2015 season. Favre, 45, holds the franchise records for passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions and attempts after leading the team for 16 seasons from 1992 through 2007.
Last month, Favre said he was wrong for retiring from the Packers in March 2008. He went on to play one season for the New York Jets and two more for the Minnesota Vikings.
- Brad Rowland