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  • 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.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     

Murphy Takes 5

Mark Murphy

Murphy Takes 5 is a monthly column written by President and CEO, Mark Murphy. On the first Saturday of every month, Mark will write about a topic of interest to Packers fans and the organization, and then answer five fan questions. Fans are encouraged to email Mark with their name and hometown at: MurphyTakes5@packers.com

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Murphy Takes 5: Tailgate Tour - Touching down in your community in Wisconsin and Iowa

Posted May 4, 2013


Murphy Takes 5 is a monthly column written by President and CEO Mark Murphy. On the first Saturday of every month, Mark will write about a topic of interest to Packers fans and the organization, and then answer five fan questions. Fans are encouraged to email Mark with their name and hometown at: MurphyTakes5@packers.com

Yes, that’s right, this year’s Tailgate Tour, the 8th Annual, will stop in Iowa for the first time. The Tour will begin on May 14 and wrap up on the 18th.  I’m really looking forward to the Tour, especially our stop in Dubuque, Iowa. I’ve often heard about how many fans we have in Iowa, and it will be good to see the passion of our Iowa fans firsthand. Our preseason television network has included Iowa for a couple of years now, and the response in Iowa has been very positive.

In addition to Dubuque, we will also stop in Wisconsin in Oshkosh, Beloit, Tomah and Wisconsin Rapids. We’re the only team in the NFL that has a Tour like this, and I think it really highlights the special nature of the Packers organization. There are two reasons we conduct the Tour. First, we want to thank our fans for their great support. Every team in the League talks about how great their fans are, but as we travel across the state (and Iowa) and see our fans, I realize how strong the bond is between our fans and the team. The other reason for the Tour is to raise money for a charity in each of the five towns where we stop. Over the previous seven years of the Tour, we’ve raised over $800,000.

The players on the Tour this year are Jarrett Bush, Randall Cobb and Alex Green. The players really have a great time on the Tour. Players who’ve gone on the Tour in the past talk so openly about how much they enjoyed the Tour that other players now ask if they can go on the Tour. For the past few years, we’ve also brought former Packers players on the Tour. This year’s alumni are Santana Dotson, Aaron Taylor and Frank Winters. Our fans love to see the alumni and it is great to see the interaction between current and former players.

We look forward to seeing many of our fans on the Tour, and hope to have a chance to thank them for their tremendous support.

Now, on to your questions:

Steve from De Pere, WI

Congratulations on signing Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews to long-term contracts. With the size of their contracts, though, will the Packers have enough money left under the salary cap in the coming years to field a competitive team? 

One of the very best things about the NFL is that we have a hard salary cap. It is a main reason that there is so much competitive parity in the League. For the individual teams, though, it forces them to make tough decisions, and manage their rosters and the cap well. The Packers, through Ted Thompson and Russ Ball, do an excellent job of managing the salary cap. They structured these two contracts in a way that will leave us room to sign contracts with other key players. For instance, even with the two new contracts (and with a minimal increase in the 2013 salary cap), we still have approximately $13 million in cap room at this time. Also, while the salary cap has been flat in recent years, it should increase starting in 2015 when the new national TV contracts begin.

Nathan from Pulaski, WI

What is the most stressful part of your job?

I believe in the old saying that stress is self-induced. It is really important to keep things in perspective and not stress out over various parts of your job. That said, though, each game means so much and tight games can by very stressful, especially since I have no influence over the outcome.

Kel from Middleton, WI

What is your favorite Packers tradition?

We have so many great traditions; it is difficult to pick out just one. At the start of training camp, I get misty-eyed as I see the kids from the community lined up with their bicycles waiting for the players to come out to ride them to the practice field. If I’m forced to pick one, though, I would have to go with the Lambeau Leap. To me, the best part of the Leap is that it highlights the connection between our players and fans.

A question from Elaine

Thank you for all your great work for the world's greatest team! Can we get the date for the shareholders meeting earlier each year – like March or so? It would greatly help as we plan our summer trips.

Thanks, Elaine. I’m often asked this question. As much as we would like to set the date of the shareholders meeting in March, we really can’t set the date until both the preseason and regular-season schedules come out. We typically tie the shareholders meeting into the start of training camp. For instance, if we were selected to play in the Hall of Fame preseason game, we would start training camp one week earlier in July. This year, the shareholders meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 24, at 11 a.m.

Timmy from Milwaukee

I'm just curious, if the Packers make it to the Super Bowl pretty soon, do you think there would be any talk of opening up Lambeau Field to host a big Super Bowl Packers viewing party on the new gorgeous HD screens?

I love your optimism, Timmy. You raise an interesting issue. Under current NFL policy, teams are not permitted to host viewing parties in their stadiums. The concern is that if too many teams did this, it would lower TV ratings. The League, though, is considering whether it would make sense to have some exceptions to the policy. I can’t think of a better place to watch the Super Bowl than at Lambeau Field in February.


 
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