Lambeau Field is set to welcome fans for Friday's preseason matchup between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
The game is the second annual "Packers Give Back Game" which supports a benefiting charity from Wisconsin during the preseason each year. Friday's game will recognize Special Olympics Wisconsin as the event's nonprofit honoree. The organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Hundreds of Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes and their loved ones will be in attendance and have a designated stadium section in the north end zone. They will receive a free bus ride to the game, as well as food and beverage cards to use while enjoying the game at Lambeau Field.
Prior to kickoff, several athletes will take the field with a Special Olympics torch and fans throughout the stadium will be invited to join them in reciting the Athlete Oath: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." At halftime, Special Olympics Unified Flag Football Teams will take part in a scrimmage on Lambeau Field.
Special Olympics Wisconsin provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy while participating in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, fellow athletes and the community. Fans can help celebrate 50 years of Special Olympics and help support their mission by visiting specialolympicswisconsin.ejoinme.org/50yearsofchanginglives. All funds stay in Wisconsin to support the athletes of Special Olympics Wisconsin.
Fans are reminded that all tickets are mobile-only, as the Packers have transitioned to mobile tickets. Mobile tickets allow for safe, secure ticketing and help prevent fraud, while also allowing for direct and instantaneous communication between the team and the fans coming to each game. Fans also should note that Lambeau Field and all of its businesses are now cashless. Those who do not have credit/debit cards or contactless payment solutions may use a cash-to-card conversion station located in the Atrium.
Fireworks *will be set off from the stadium roof one hour prior to kickoff to remind fans to start making their way to the stadium in order to be inside by kickoff. Fans entering all stadium gates will receive magnetic game schedules, compliments of *Cenex.
Prior to the national anthem, the Packers will be recognizing Vietnam veteran Mike Colligan through Operation Fan Mail on the field. Green Bay native and state award-wining vocalist Kelsey Spofford will sing the national anthem. A flyover will be performed by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter out of Traverse City, Michigan.
Fans are reminded of the 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 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. All fans entering Lambeau Field on gamedays will use walk-through metal detectors.
The Lambeau Field parking lots will open Friday at 3 p.m., 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 until 3 p.m. Fans can visit the Johnsonville Tailgate Village, the permanent tailgating and event structure in the stadium's east side parking lot. The space hosts ticketed and non-ticketed guests from 3 p.m. until one hour after the game ends. It will feature live music from the band Crankin Yankees, as well as food, beverages and a festive tailgating atmosphere.
For more gameday information, visit packers.com/lambeau-field/gameday-information.