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2017 NFL Season Key Dates
Updated: May 2018

As the NFL Draft concludes and teams get ready for minicamps and organized team activities in May, pro football fans around the country are gearing up for the season. Teams will begin to report to training camps in just a little over two months. It’s hard to believe, but the NFL season is right around the corner. Here’s a look at some of the key dates for this upcoming season.

Aug. 3-6 Hall of Fame Weekend. Includes the enshrinement of the 2017 Hall of Fame class. Players to be enshrined include former Rams and Cardinals QB Kurt Warner and Dallas owner Jerry Jones. The Hall of Fame game, which kicks of the NFL preseason, pits Arizona against Dallas. The game is set for Thursday, Aug. 3, at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.


Sept. 2 Roster deadline. All teams must have their final 53-man roster submitted to the league
office by 4:00 p.m. ET.


Sept. 3 Teams have until noon to claim players placed on waivers. They can then begin signing a maximum of 10 players to their practice squads


Sept. 7 Once again, the NFL season will kick off on a Thursday night when the Kansas City Chiefs travel to New England to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.


Sept. 10-11 NFL Week 1 of the regular season.


Oct. 17-18 Annual NFL fall league meeting to be held at the The Conrad in New York City.


Oct. 31 Trade deadline. All teams must conclude any trading activity by 4:00 p.m. ET.


Jan. 6-7 Wild Card Weekend. The first round of the NFL’s annual postseason begins with the wild
card teams in each conference taking on the lowest-seeded division winners.


Jan. 13-14 Divisional Playoffs. Wild Card Weekend winners advance to play the highest-seeded division winners in their respective conference. This weekend’s winners advance to the conference championship games.


Jan. 21 AFC and NFC Championship games. Games are played at the higher-seeded team’s
home stadium.


Feb. 4 Super Bowl LII. This year’s Super Bowl will be played in Minneapolis, Minn., at the U.S. Bank Stadium. This is the second time that a Super Bowl will be played in Minneapolis. The first was in 1992 in the old Metrodome.

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