Lambeau Field is prepared for Thursday evening's game against the New Orleans Saints, the Packers' final matchup of the preseason.
Thursday's game is the annual Bishop's Charities Game, the 55th 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, Scott Tolzien.*Performing the national anthem will beStephanie Solari, Baxter Helm and Silas Helm*.
During halftime, the High School Quarterback Challenge competition on the field will feature players from Green Bay Southwest High SchoolandDe Pere High School.* *
Thursday's game will continue the Packers' recognition of USA Football Month as the Packers have invited four teams from Duck Creek Pop Warner to play each other on the field during halftime. The teams will also be on the field during the national anthem. In addition, the Packers have donated more than 3,300 tickets split between the team's preseason home games to Heads Up Football youth programs.
USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the Green Bay Packers, the NFL, the NFL Players Association and the league's other 31 teams. 'USA Football Month,' a national campaign that takes place throughout the NFL preseason, incorporates youth football scrimmages at NFL stadiums and shares USA Football messages during network preseason telecasts.
USA Football also developed the Heads Up Football program in order to address the complex challenges of player health and safety in youth and high school football. It also hosts player safety clinics to help coaches implement safety initiatives. Additional details can be found online at usafootball.com.
Law enforcement officials are reminding fans to use caution while driving through construction zones on the way to and from Lambeau Field. For more information, visit the Wisconsin DOT's website at 511wi.gov or by dialing 511.
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 greenbaymetro.org/en-us/packers/default.aspx.
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 nfl.com/allclear.
Fans should also be aware that beginning four hours prior to kickoff, any guest that leaves Lambeau Field after entering will not be permitted to re-enter with the same ticket. It is recommended that fans allow extra time for entry into Lambeau Field. Gates open two hours prior to kickoff.
Thursday's game will feature magnetic game schedules as the game giveaway, compliments of Cenex.
Also at Thursday's game is the premier gameday tailgate party in the Tundra Tailgate Zone (TTZ) in the Lambeau Field parking lot, open to ticketed and non-ticketed guests alike. Activities include photo opportunities, interactive games and live music. Visit packers.com/gameday/gameday-information.html#s3 for more information on the TTZ.
The Lambeau Field Atrium will open to ticketed guests only at 11 a.m., along with 1919 Kitchen & Tap, the Packers Pro Shop and the Packers Hall of Fame. The parking lot will open at 2 p.m., along with the TTZ. Gates will open at 4 p.m. For more gameday information, visit packers.com/gameday/gameday-information.html.