When Does Next NFL Season Start? Everything You Need To Know About the 2024-2025 NFL Season Kickoff

When is the Hall of Fame Game and target day for the NFL Thursday opener? Here are some key offseason dates ahead of the upcoming season.

The 2023 NFL season culminated with the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.

Now, with OTAs underway and the 2024 schedule released, the league has shifted its focus to the upcoming campaign. When will the 2024 season start and what are some key dates to know?

When Does the 2024 Preseason Start?

The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3. The first preseason game is always the Hall of Fame Game, which has been played on the Thursday before the ceremony since the 2017 season. This year, the Hall of Fame Game will take place on Thursday, Aug. 1.

The Chicago Bears and Houston Texans will compete in the 2024 Hall of Fame Game. The Texans will have a franchise-first Hall of Famer for this class, as wide receiver Andre Johnson will be inducted. Meanwhile, the Bears will witness defensive lineman Steve McMichael and returner Devin Hester joining the HOF.

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This is Chicago’s seventh appearance in the Hall of Fame Game, while Houston has participated only one other time (during their first season as an expansion team).

When Does the 2024 Regular Season Start?

The NFL regular season starts on the Thursday night after Labor Day every season. This year, that will be Sept. 5, with the Chiefs hosting the Baltimore Ravens.

Two of the league’s biggest stars, Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes, will be under the bright lights as the Chiefs begin their attempt at winning their third Super Bowl in a row.

The Chiefs will aim to redeem themselves after last season’s opening loss to the Detroit Lions, 21-20.

In Week 1 of the 2024 season, there will be games played on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. Having a Friday contest during opening week is new, but the NFL announced that the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers will face off in Brazil on Sept. 6. The game will be held in the Corinthians Arena.

Key 2024 NFL Offseason Dates

The first major event after the Super Bowl is the NFL Scouting Combine, which was held from Feb. 27 to March 4 in Indianapolis.

Next up is NFL free agency, with teams designating players with a franchise or transition tag on Feb. 20. The deadline was March 5 at 4 p.m. ET. Free agency got underway on March 11 at noon ET, when teams became eligible to contact unrestricted free agents and begin contract negotiations. Two days later, at 4 p.m. ET, the 2024 league year started, and unrestricted free agents were able to officially sign with teams.

The 2024 NFL Draft took place from April 25 to 27 in Detroit.

The 2024 regular-season schedule was released on May 15.

After rookie minicamps in April, OTAs take place throughout May and June.

The NFL’s franchise-tag deadline is on July 15.

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