Lambeau ready for first Packers preseason game
Lambeau Field is set to welcome fans for Thursday’s preseason matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Packers are reminding fans of the NFL’s stadium safety policy. No bags or purses will be allowed inside Lambeau Field unless they are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and are no larger than 12” by 6” by 12”. Stadium cushions are also not allowed as a part of the policy, however, stadium seats and stadium pads that contain no pockets or zippers and are 18” wide or smaller are allowed. For more information, visit packers.com/carryin.
The organization is reminding game attendees that all fans entering Lambeau Field on gamedays will use walk-through metal detectors. The most efficient way through the detectors will be via express lanes, which can be found at each gate and used by fans entering the stadium without any bags or stadium seats.
The Lambeau Field parking lots will open at 3 PM, with stadium gates opening at 5 p.m. The Atrium will be open to ticket holders at 1 p.m. via the American Family Insurance Gate, with exit/re-entry ticket scanning allowed until 3 p.m.
Thursday’s game is the annual Bishop’s Charities Game, the 57th year that the Packers have designated a preseason game as the Bishop’s Charities Game. To date, the series has raised more than $3.7 million for charity efforts in the Green Bay Diocese. Continuing this tradition, Bishop Ricken of the Green Bay Diocese will greet fans at the game and present an award to the MVP from last year’s Bishop’s Charities Game, Mason Crosby.
To recognize ‘Play Football Month,’ the Packers have invited four teams from the Kenosha Ramblers of Kenosha, Wis., to scrimmage during halftime. In addition, the Packers have donated more than 2,100 tickets to Thursday’s game to youth football teams and Play 60 programs.
‘Play Football Month,’ a national campaign that takes place throughout the NFL preseason, incorporates youth football scrimmages at NFL stadiums and celebrates the values of the game and recognizes the efforts and contributions of youth and high school football players and coaches across the country.
Thursday will mark the gameday debut of the Johnsonville Tailgate Village, the permanent tailgating and event structure in Lambeau Field’s east side parking lot. The space will host ticketed and non-ticketed guests alike and will feature the band BoomBoxx, as well as food, beverages and a festive tailgating atmosphere.
The pregame festivities will also honor Ethan Engum from New Franken, Wis., as the “Shopko Kick-Off Kid.” After learning of the death of a K9 officer, Ethan worked to raise money to purchase a new dog for the Green Bay Police Department by spreading the word on television and on the internet and speaking at a Green Bay Police Foundation event.
Korbee, a pop/folk duo, will perform the national anthem, and two Coast Guard helicopters from Traverse City, Mich., will perform a flyover. Game attendees will receive magnetic game schedules, compliments of Cenex.
During halftime, the High School Quarterback Challenge, presented by HPE and Camera Corner will take place on the field. The competition will feature players from Stevens Point Area Senior High in Stevens Point, Wis., and Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is also reminding motorists that they should allow extra time traveling to Thursday’s game, as commuter traffic and ongoing construction projects may cause slow travel.
The free Green Bay Metro gameday bus service is available again this year, with extended service to several areas of Green Bay. Fans visiting prior to gameday also are encouraged to use the free G-Line bus route, which runs each half hour between Lambeau Field and downtown Green Bay. Further details and gameday route information is available at http://greenbaymetro.org/.