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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Thursday the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals will kick off the 2017 NFL preseason with the annual Hall of Fame Game.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the contest will be played on a Thursday—August 3—instead of the game’s typical Sunday placement.

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Cowboys vs Cardinals
NFL Preseason
Thursday, August 3, 8:00 PM
Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio

The official release noted it will take place inside reconstructed Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, which is on track to be completed this summer. The Canton, Ohio, facility is located next to the Hall of Fame, where seven inductees are slated to be enshrined two days later.

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It’s an incoming group that includes longtime Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner. The Hall traditionally tries to match up teams with inductees for the event that helps jump-start the new NFL season.

We’ve been without football for two weekends now but the NFL is already looking ahead — even if the first game of 2017 season isn’t for another five-and-a-half months. On Thursday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys would meet in the 2017 Hall of Fame Game on August 3 in Canton, Ohio.
Historically, the game has been played on a Sunday, the day after the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, but this year, for the first time, the game will take place on the Thursday before the ceremony. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones and former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner will both be enshrined — along with the rest of the ‘17 class that includes Morten Anderson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Terrelle Davis, Kenny Easley and Jason Taylor.
The Cardinals played in the first-ever Hall of Fame Game back in 1962, and return to Canton for the fifth time. The Cowboys, meanwhile, are making their sixth appearance, their first coming in 1968.
More details via the press release:

Cardinals in Hall of Fame Game (1-2-1)

1962 – vs. New York Giants (T, 21-21)
1974 – vs. Buffalo Bills (W, 21-13)
1986 – vs. New England Patriots (L, 16-21)
2012 – vs. New Orleans Saints (L, 10-17)
Cowboys in Hall of Fame Game (2-3)

1968 – vs. Chicago Bears (L, 24-30)
1979 – vs. Oakland Raiders (L, 13-20)
1999 – vs. Cleveland Browns (L, 17-20 OT)
2010 – vs. Cincinnati Bengals (W, 16-7)
2013 – vs. Miami Dolphins (W, 24-20)