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What You Need to Know for Sunday's Packers, Cowboys Game

Lambeau Field is ready for Sunday’s Packers-Cowboys game, which will honor former Packers quarterback Brett Favre in a halftime ceremony to celebrate his recent induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Favre will be present at the ceremony that will include a ring presentation and the unveiling of Favre’s name on the Lambeau Field façade alongside other Pro Football Hall of Famers.

Sunday will also revisit the Packers’ storied past as the team wears their third jersey. This third jersey, which debuted during the 2015 season, is a re-creation of the team’s uniform from 1937-48, a special time in Packers history in which they won two of their record 13 NFL championships. The jerseys are navy blue and gold, the Packers’ predominant color scheme over their first three decades. Faded gold pants and high navy socks complete the historic ensemble.

The Packers’ annual Coats for Kids collection also will take place Sunday in the Lambeau Field parking lot, beginning at 11:25 a.m. Fans attending the game will have the opportunity to donate new and gently used coats for distribution to needy children through the Salvation Army. Cash donations will be accepted as well.

The organization also is reminding game attendees to allow plenty of time to enter the stadium gates prior to the game and to enter at the gate listed on their tickets. Additionally, all fans entering Lambeau Field on gameday will use walk-through metal detectors, a league-wide mandate for use at all NFL stadium gates. The most efficient way through the detectors will be via express lanes at each gate for fans entering the stadium without any bags or stadium seats. Full gameday and safety policies are listed at http://www.packers.com/gameday/.

As in previous years, 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”. Small clutches that do not exceed 4.5” by 6.5” are permitted. Stadium cushions are also not allowed, however, stadium seats and stadium pads that contain no pockets or zippers and are 18” wide or smaller are allowed. For more information on the NFL’s safety policy, please visit packers.com/carryin.

Two featured alumni are scheduled to make appearances Sunday; Earl Dotson and Bruce Wilkerson will be taking part in fan activities at the Tundra Tailgate Zone and Legends Club, respectively, leading up to kickoff.

In addition, the Packers and WPS Health Solutions will be recognizing U.S. Army veteran Halli Stewart and her family through Operation Fan Mail on-field prior to the national anthem.

Singer John Vincent will perform the national anthem. A flyover will be conducted by Air Force Special Operations Command CV-22s from the 8th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Sunday’s pregame festivities will also honor Lia Haile from Manitowoc as the Shopko Kick-off Kid. Lia is being honored in the Shopko Kids Making a Difference program for founding the Hopeful Hearts Club that works to help the homeless in her community. Learn more at shopko.com/kickoffkid.

Also during halftime, the High School Quarterback Challenge, presented by HPE and Camera Corner, will feature players from Cedar Grove-Belgium High School and Oostburg High School in an on-field competition.

Fans will receive can coozies compliments of Miller Lite as the game giveaway as they enter the stadium.

All fans, even those without game tickets, can attend the premier gameday tailgate party in the Tundra Tailgate Zone (TTZ) in the Lambeau Field parking, featuring live bands, alumni autographs and food and beverages.

The Lambeau Field Atrium, parking lots and TTZ will open at 11:25 a.m., and stadium gates will open at 1:25 p.m. Visit http://www.packers.com/gameday/ for more information.

TRAFFIC

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Northeast Region reminds motorists heading to Lambeau Field on Sunday, October 16, for the Green Bay Packer/Dallas Cowboys football game that I-41 and adjacent roadways from WIS 29 north to Lineville Road in Brown County are under construction. 

Sunday’s game may have impacts on traffic operations in Brown County. WisDOT encourages those traveling to the game to pre-plan their trip. Other tips include using alternate routes, adjusting your leave to ensure you reach the destination on time, and following the traveler information on the message boards.

I-41, WIS 172 and I-43 could experience backups near the stadium, as could the I-41 interchanges at Lombardi Avenue, Oneida Street, WIS 172 and I-43. Orange barrels, and narrow lanes will affect travel.  Ashland Avenue through De Pere and Ashwaubenon will also experience increased traffic congestion as additional motorists use this as an alternate route. The heaviest congestion is expected three hours before and after the game.

Here is a list of the major highways in northeast Wisconsin most Packer fans will be traveling as they head for Lambeau Field, and the road conditions they should anticipate.

WIS 172 and I-41/WIS 172 Interchange

  • Brown County
  • Motorists should expect congestion and potential delays at the I-41/WIS 172 interchange and on WIS 172 in Brown County from I-43 to the WIS 172/I-41 interchange before and after the game.

I-41 mainline

  • Brown County
  • Drivers can expect slow-downs within the I-41 Project work zone between WIS 29 and Lineville Road. The speed limit is reduced to 55mph in this area.
  • Winnebago County
  • Drivers will encounter reduced speed limits on I-41 near the US 10/WIS 441/I-41 interchange. Drivers should also watch for reduced lane widths and reduced shoulder widths on northbound and southbound I-41.

WIS 441, US 10 and Roland Kampo Bridge

  • Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet counties.
  • Drivers should be aware of orange barrels, narrow lanes, barrier walls and reduced speed limits.
  • US 10 eastbound between County CB and I-41 northbound is reduced to a single lane.

US 41, Oconto County

  • US 41 from US 141/US 41 split to the south end of Oconto may be reduced to one lane for US 41 resurfacing prior to Sunday.
  • Both lanes of southbound US 41 will be open on Sunday for Packer travel.

US 141, Marinette County

  • US 141 southbound is closed in the village of Wausaukee from WIS 180 to north village of Wausaukee limit. A detour using local streets is posted.
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