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  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     

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Forum With Goodell Provides Unique Experience For Fans

Posted Jul 29, 2010

Packers shareholders in attendance at the annual meeting on Thursday were treated to a visit from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, one that included a “Fan Forum” in the afternoon during which Goodell answered questions from shareholders and special guests of the team in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Earlier in the day at the end of the shareholders’ meeting, Goodell participated in a question-and-answer session with Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy featuring questions submitted by shareholders. It was the first time that the league’s commissioner had attended the Packers’ annual meeting.

“I can’t tell you what a privilege it was to be here today,” Goodell said after the meeting. “As I said to the fans and the shareholders, being in Lambeau Field and looking up at the crowd and all of the green and gold and seeing all of those names up there was really a special treat. It was one of the highlights of being commissioner, I’ve got to tell you, so it was really great to be here.”

That excitement was mutual for the shareholders that were randomly selected on Thursday to be part of the hour-long “Fan Forum” during which fans were able to interact with Goodell directly. Shareholders composed more than half of the 120-person audience for a show that was scheduled to be aired for a national audience on NFL Network on Thursday night.

Shareholder Kelly Coyle of Plover, Wis., who said he has attended a few meetings in the past, was not originally picked to attend the forum. But he waited near the set with his brother-in-law and their friend in case some invitees didn’t show, and luck was on their side.

“To get the commissioner’s ear for an hour or hour and a half, it was great,” said Coyle. “A lot of times you just get the sound bites on TV, but here you got the full answer.

“It was absolutely my favorite part. Everything else becomes pretty standardized in terms of the procedural stuff at the meeting, and certainly this is something that made it really unique.”

Goodell was greeted with questions on a wide variety of topics, including the labor uncertainty the league is currently facing, safety issues for players, and benefits for retired players. Many of the fans’ questions focused on issues specifically related to the Packers, including the chances of Lambeau Field someday hosting a Super Bowl.

“There is no question in my mind that the game could be played here,” said Goodell. “It’s a great facility and it could happen, and frankly it would be great to celebrate the history and the tradition of the game. The issue is the Super Bowl has become so big that the infrastructure required to put on a game, I think it is over 25,000 rooms within 60 miles. The roads, the hotels, the restaurants, the infrastructure needs are tremendous and it would be a pretty good stress on a marketplace like this.

“The competitive side, I think we have sort of crossed that bridge in the sense that we are going to be playing in New York (in 2014). The weather could be bad, who knows, but I think football is designed to be played in the elements. That’s what the game is all about. You guys know that better than I do. This isn’t exactly Packer weather. I like it better when it is cold.”

For a small-market team like the Packers, maintaining competitive balance in the league’s next collective bargaining agreement is a chief concern for many fans, one that Goodell says will also be a priority for the league.

“We want every team to come into the season and have their fans know that they have a chance to win the Super Bowl, and I think we are in position to do that,” Goodell said. “I think our league has that kind of competitive balance, but we also love the fact that the Green Bay Packers can compete against a New York team.

“It’s not a coincidence when you see two Super Bowl teams, the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, two relatively small markets, competing in the Super Bowl. I think that is because of our system and the people before us who created that system. We annually look at that and we make sure that our revenue-sharing rules and all of our policies support that kind of competitive balance.”

Goodell alluded several times to the unique spot that the Packers organization holds in the NFL because it is publicly owned and because of Lambeau Field. That is not lost on other owners around the league.

“The Packers are so much a part of the history and the tradition of the NFL, and I think it is the unique stature and status of the Packers that creates that, frankly the fact that it is owned publicly,” Goodell said. “I think that is a terrific thing, and our other owners look at this as something that is special for the NFL. We are the one league that allows a publicly owned franchise, one of 32, to be so successful. They take great pride in that when they talk about it as business partners.

“I think what is great about this facility is that you have modernized it, you have made changes to it, you are looking at additional changes to it, but you haven’t lost the rich tradition and history. I think that is a tribute to all of you, to obviously the Packers leadership under Bob Harlan and now Mark Murphy, they are looking at how you continue to innovate and improve on what you are doing, and make it better. That is what we are all about in the NFL, how do you make it better for the fans, and this is a great example of that.”

While the majority of the questions Goodell took were more serious in nature, he did fulfill a more light-hearted request from a season-ticket holder from Green Bay who said he was not used to being in the Atrium for an event where it was so quiet. His question for Goodell? Could he lead the crowd in a chant of ‘Go Pack Go?’ The commissioner obliged.

“Here is the bad news, Paul.” Goodell joked. “You just got me fired from 31 other teams.”

After the televised portion of the forum wrapped up, Goodell stayed on stage for several more minutes to answer additional fan questions and sign autographs for those in attendance.

“I was very impressed with him as a commissioner and as a person,” said Cathy John of Oregon, Wis., who said she has been a shareholder since the mid-90s. “I thought he was fabulous. He was real cool under pressure. He took every question, didn’t shy away from the tough ones. I was just very impressed.”

 
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