Favre wants ceremony at Lambeau

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre would like his induction into the Packers Hall of Fame this summer to take place inside Lambeau Field so more fans can attend the event.

As of right now, the Packers Hall of Fame, which is independent of the team, plans to hold Favre's induction ceremony on July 18 in the stadium's atrium area.Favre's No. 4 also will be retired on the night of his induction.

But in an interview Tuesday night with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News, Favre said he hoped that would change after the Packers Hall of Fame announced last month that all 1,600 tickets to his induction had been sold to sponsors and supporters without any availability to the general public.

"I think everyone should have an option to go, and what better way to do it than Lambeau Field," Favre told Van Susteren, a Wisconsin native who said she is a Packers shareholder. "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."

In announcing that the event was sold out, the Packers Hall of Fame said Favre's induction would be broadcast the next day throughout the state on the same TV stations that air Packers preseason games.

"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," Packers Hall of Fame president Perry Kidder said at the time. "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."

An official ceremony for the retirement of Favre's No. 4 jersey will come during a game to be determined during the 2015 season.

"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," Favre said during the interview. "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."

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