Things to know for Sunday’s Packers-Lions home opener

Devin Taylor, Aaron Rodgers
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Three weeks into the regular season, the Green Bay Packers are finally home. Green Bay hosts rival Detroit Lions in the Packers’ first game at Lambeau Field since the second week of the preseason more than a month ago. It’s their longest time away from home at the start of a season since 1924. Both teams won one and lost one in their first two games of the season.

This is the 2016 Alumni Game.

Here are some things to know about Sunday’s game:

BroadcastsBring It With You – TrafficTransportationParking & TailgatingGates & AtriumSecurityPre-gameNational AnthemHalftimeGet Loud LambeauHealthWi-Fi

BROADCASTS

Kickoff is at noon, Central time.

The game airs on TV regionally on Fox Sports. Check your local listings.

TV: In the Green Bay area, the game will air on WLUK-TV digital channel 11-1 and DIRECTV channel 711.

RADIO: Packers Radio Network coverage airs on 50 stations in 5 states. The game is also broadcast nationwide on Westwood One Sports and on SiriusXM Satellite Radio as part of the NFL Sunday Drive.

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BRING IT WITH YOU

Bring non-perishable food to the game for Paul’s Pantry. The Packers Women’s Association is holding its 30th annual food drive. Look for Packers coaches’ and players’ wives and girlfriends wearing PWA jerseys or Paul’s Pantry volunteers wearing a PWA pin near the stadium gates. They’re also accepting cash donations. In 29 years, fans have donated more than one million food items and $314,000 for Paul’s Pantry.

For every five food items or $5 donated, fans will get a ticket stub and be entered in a drawing for prizes. Winning prize ticket numbers will be announced on the scoreboard during the game, and winners can pick up their prizes at the guest services desk in the atrium.

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TRAFFIC

The Department of Transportation predicts the heaviest congestion will happen 3 hours before the game and again 3 hours after. You can see traffic congestion in real-time with our Timesaver Traffic interactive map on WBAY.com and the Action 2 News On the Go app for Apple and Android devices. Visit 511wi.gov for the very latest travel condition reports.

Construction continues on Interstate 41 that could impact people driving to and from the game. Drivers are urged to keep an eye out for closures, orange barrels, narrow lanes and congested traffic.

If you need driving directions to Lambeau Field, click here: http://www.packers.com/lambeau-field/stadium-info/directions.html

Brown County

Drivers on I-41, Highway 172 and I-43 could experience significant backups near Lambeau Field. Expect congestion at the I-41 interchanges at Oneida Street, Highway 172 and I-43. Also expect congestion along Ashland Avenue through De Pere and Ashwaubenon, which is a popular alternative route.

The speed limit on I-41 is reduced to 55 mph from Grant Street in De Pere to Lineville Road in Howard.

The I-41 on- and off-ramps at Velp Avenue are closed, and Velp Avenue is closed under the I-41 overpass.

There is construction at the on and off-ramps from WIS 172 at Pilgrim Way in Ashwaubenon, near Bay Park Square Mall. This WILL back up traffic exiting WIS 172 at the Oneida Street exit. The ramps are open, but traffic is only allowed to go west on Pilgrim Way (i.e., away from Oneida Street). Motorists can take Pilgrim Way west to Ashland Avenue, turn left on Ashland, then turn left at the traffic lights at Cormier Road, Potts Avenue or Lombardi Avenue to get to Oneida Street.

Two freeway service teams will work in Brown County on game day — one each on I-41 and WIS 172. They’ll remove disabled vehicles from travel lanes or shoulders, provide small amounts of fuel, and make minor repairs such as changing flat tires or jump-starting batteries.

Winnebago County

Speed limits are reduced near the US 10/WIS441/I-41 interchange. Watch for narrowed lanes and shoulders in both directions on I-41.

Fox Valley

US 10 eastbound from County CB to I-41 northbound is reduced to a single lane.

Oconto County

US 41 from the Highway 141/41 split to the south end of Oconto may be reduced to one lane due to resurfacing work on Highway 41. Southbound lanes of Highway 41 are both open.

Marinette County

Highway 141 southbound is closed in Wausaukee from Highway 180 to north of the village limit. Follow the posted detour via local streets.

Around the stadium

Around the stadium, Oneida Street from Lombardi Avenue to Mike McCarthy Way (formerly Potts Avenue) and Armed Forces Drive are closed to traffic at 8 a.m. and remain closed until two hours after the game ends. During the game, Lombardi Avenue is closed from Oneida to Ridge Road, and only motorists with a valid stadium parking pass will be allowed to enter.

After the game, Oneida Street is a one-way street going north from Lombardi Avenue to West Mason Street; Ridge Road is a one-way street going north from Valley View Road to West Mason Street, and one way going south from Valley View to Cormier Road. Mike McCarthy way becomes a one-way street going east from Oneida to Ashland Avenue.

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TRANSPORTATION

Green Bay Metro offers free bus rides to and from the stadium on special game day routes: the Cheesehead, the QB Sneak, the Quick Slant and the Lambeau Leap. These special routes run from 8 to 11 a.m. After the game, buses run about every 30 minutes until the last bus leaves Lambeau Field at 5 p.m. Click here for printable maps of game day routes. 

Lamers Bus Lines offers the Lamers Express Game Day shuttle service to and from stops around Brown County. Stops include Austin Straubel International Airport, hotels and motels and bars. All buses drop off before the game and pick up after the game at The Bar on Holmgren Way. The cost is $7 each way, cash only. No advance reservations are required. Click here for a schedule of stops around Brown County. Game day transportation is also available from the Fox Valley, Oshkosh, Wausau, Milwaukee and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Click here for details about those rides.

The Packers and its partners have a Designated Driver program. Fans can register at kiosks in the atrium, Sections 109 and 112 on the lower concourse and on the 6th and 7th floors in the South End. Suite and club guests can register at concierge desks. Fans who register will receive a voucher for a non-alcoholic beverage and be eligible to win a mini helmet signed by Mike McCarthy.

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PARKING & TAILGATING

The Lambeau Field parking lot opens at 8 a.m. for parking permit holders.

Lambeau Field has a designated drop-off zone on the west side of the stadium. Drivers must be going north on Ridge Road to access the drop-off area.

Tailgaters are allowed to use grills with charcoal or L.P. gas, but no wood, fryers or open flames. Grills must be at least two inches above the pavement and have adult supervision at all times. Everything must be extinguished before you leave it unattended. Charcoal can be disposed of in receptacles provided in the parking lot.

Waste Management placed green dumpsters throughout the parking lot for recyclables. Recyclable items include aluminum cans; tin cans; beer, wine, and liquor bottles; paper and cardboard.

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GATES & ATRIUM

The American Family Insurance gate opens at 8 a.m. to allow people to visit the Atrium, Pro Shop, Hall of Fame and restaurants. All other gates open at 10 a.m., two hours before kick-off.

Once a ticket is scanned, exit and re-entry with the same ticket is not allowed.

1919 Kitchen & Tap is open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. All other Atrium eateries are open from 8 p.m. until the end of the game.

The Packers Pro Shop is open to ticketed guests only; it’s open from 8 a.m. until about 1 hour after the game ends. The Game Day Store on the west side of the stadium is open to everyone from 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. It re-opens to ticketed fans only at 10 a.m. until about 1 hour after the game.

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is open from 8 a.m. until kick-off.

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SECURITY

Fans are reminded to use the gate printed on their ticket. Exiting and re-entering the stadium is not allowed on the same ticket.

New this year, the Green Bay Packers installed walk-through metal detectors at all gates. Similar to an airport, fans need to place metal objects the size of a small cellphone or larger into a tray before passing through the metal detector. Unlike airports, fans will not need to remove jackets, shoes, wallets, watches, keys or coins. There are express lanes for fans who are not carrying in bags or stadium seats.

The NFL mandates walk-through metal detectors at all stadium gates for the 2016 season.

As in previous years, NFL policy bans large purses, bags and some stadium seats.

  • You can have bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″; you can also have one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • You can have small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, along with one of the clear bag options.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.
  • You can have stadium seats with backs only if they have no zippers, pockets or concealed areas.
  • Padded seats with backs are available for rent inside the stadium.
  • Small cameras and binoculars must be carried loosely or in a clear bag.

Any items that do not meet the rules for security clearance must be taken back to your vehicle or confiscated. Confiscated items will be disposed of. Fans and their belongings may be searched when entering the stadium, and won’t be allowed into the game if they refuse to be searched. For more information on NFL security, visit http://nfl.com/allclear.

Stadium seats (portable seat backs) are available for rental in the lower concourse.

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PRE-GAME

The Tundra Tailgate Zone on the east side of the parking lot is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. You don’t need a ticket to the game to get in. The Tundra Tailgate Zone features live music, autographs and giveaways, and food and beverages from the award-winning Saz’s of Milwaukee, all in a climate-controlled tent.

On the field, the Packers, with Shopko’s Kids Making a Difference program, will honor Alivia Henning from Monroe, Wisconsin, for her organization, Hugs for Love, which makes weighted blankets for people with autism.

The Packers’ Operation Fan Mail will honor the family of Rachel Petri-Rose. Operation Fan Mail highlights the personal stories of active-duty military personnel and Purple Heart recipients.

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NATIONAL ANTHEM

The Wisconsin Air National Guard 115th Fighter Wing based in Madison will perform a flyover with two F-16 fighter jets before the game.

The national anthem is performed by country recording artist Adam Craig.

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HALFTIME

The Green Bay Packers celebrate some returning alumni. Packers legends Jerry Kramer and Dave Robinson are among those expected.

Appleton North and Appleton East high schools are featured in the High School Quarterback Challenge, an on-field competition.

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GET LOUD LAMBEAU

At crucial times during the game, messages and videos on the TundraVision boards will encourage fans to “get loud,” taking advantage of the acoustics of the renovations to Lambeau Field. An example is when the Packers are defending on third and fourth downs. Fans will also see “Get Loud Lambeau” signs in the concourses and giveaways encouraging fan participation.

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HEALTH

Smoking is not allowed anywhere within the stadium. The Packers say this policy extends to smokeless and electronic cigarettes as well.

Nursing rooms are now available in the main atrium and fourth-floor club level, and chairs and electrical outlets are available in family restrooms as well.

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WI-FI

The Packers partnered with other companies to enhance its free wireless Internet service inside the stadium. Look on your mobile device’s Wi-Fi settings and connect to “LambeauField.”

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