The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc. and the Green Bay Packers today announced that the 2015 Hall of Fame induction banquet for former Packers quarterback Brett Favre is sold out. The July 18, 2015 event will feature the retirement of No. 4 by the Packers organization, with Favre's name and No. 4 to subsequently be unveiled inside Lambeau Field on the north façade during a ceremony at a to-be-determined game during the 2015 season.
"Each year, no matter who is inducted, we first go to the people and companies who have supported us throughout the years to determine their interest in the banquet," explained Packers Hall of Fame, Inc. President Perry Kidder. "We were delighted with the positive response this year and how quickly the sponsorships, tickets and tables sold out. In addition to our longtime supporters, we will host a record number of returning Hall of Famers and their guests, plus expected NFL dignitaries." Approximately 1,600 people will be in attendance.
Kidder added, "We know some fans will be disappointed that they won't be able to purchase tickets to the banquet but, the good news is that, for the first time ever, the event will be recorded and broadcast the next day on WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee), WGBA-TV (Green Bay) and the Packers TV Network affiliates. We want to thank our media partner, Journal Broadcast Group, for helping make that happen. It's a great way for Packers fans to share in the experience. "
About Brett Favre:
Favre, one of the most enduring players in Packers history, played 16 seasons for the Green and Gold (1992-2007) and finished his Packers career with 442 touchdown passes, 61,655 passing yards, 5,377 completions and 8,758 attempts – all NFL records at the time. (continued)
Possessor of legendary durability, Favre's 253-game starting streak with the Packers is one of pro sport's most respected accomplishments. His 16 seasons matched Bart Starr (1956-71) for the longest tenure in team history.
Favre played four other NFL seasons (Atlanta, 1991; N.Y. Jets, 2008; Minnesota, 2009-10) and finished his pro career with 508 TD passes, 71,838 passing yards, 6,300 completions and 10,169 attempts, and pushed his consecutive-starts streak to 298 games – all NFL records.
Off the field, Favre and his wife, Deanna, have been supportive of the communities in which they've lived, with the Brett Favre 4Ward Foundation donating in excess of $3 million to charities in Wisconsin and Mississippi.
About the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc.:
The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. is a nonprofit corporation independent of the Green Bay Packers that guides the Hall as a historic national sports venue and educational resource to the Green Bay community and the state of Wisconsin. The Hall raises funds through its annual induction banquet, Golf Classic and other events to preserve the history of the Green Bay Packers and expand its archives. Historic memorabilia donated by individuals to the Hall may qualify as tax-deductible gifts.
Originally established in 1967 as a temporary display in the concourse of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, the Hall moved into its own facility in 1976 near Lambeau Field. In 2003, it relocated to the Lambeau Field Atrium. It is currently closed for the ongoing Atrium renovation project and will reopen in 2015. While the Packers Hall of Fame is closed, the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay hosts a temporary exhibit, "Touchdown!" with selected and additional never-seen-before items from the Hall's archives.