Things to know for Thursday’s Packers-Bears game

Packers AT Bears 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The Green Bay Packers (3-2) welcome the Chicago Bears (1-5) to Lambeau Field Thursday, Oct. 20.

This is the 11th straight year the Packers will play the Bears in prime time.

The Packers have won six of the last eight meetings against the Bears at Lambeau Field.

The Packers will wear “Color Rush” uniforms–white jerseys with white pants.

Here are some more things to know about Thursday’s game:

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Kickoff is at 7:25 p.m., Central Time.

TV: CBS and NFL Network will air the game nationwide, and it will be live streamed on Twitter. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms have the call. Check your local over air, cable, and satellite listings.

RADIO: Packers Radio Network coverage airs on 50 stations in 5 states. Locally, you can listen on WTMJ AM 620. The game is also broadcast on Westwood One Sports and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

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Bring old or unused cell phones or other wireless devices to donate to the Verizon HopeLine Collection. The phones will be refurbished and resold with proceeds going to domestic violence prevention.

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Fandanas courtesy of Coca-Cola.

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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 and the Action 2 News On the Go app for Apple and Android devices. Visit 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.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation provides this list of road conditions on major highways:

If you need driving directions to Lambeau Field, click here:

WIS 172 and I-41/WIS 172 Interchange

  • Brown County
  • Motorists should expect congestion and potential delays at the I-41/WIS 172 interchange and on WIS 172 in Brown County from I-43 to the WIS 172/I-41 interchange before and after the game. Motorists should consider alternate routes if possible.

I-41 mainline

  • Brown County
  • Drivers can expect slow-downs within the I-41 Project work zone between WIS 29 and Lineville Road. The speed limit is reduced to 55mph in this area.
  • Winnebago County
  • Drivers will encounter reduced speed limits on I-41 near the US 10/WIS 441/I-41 interchange. Drivers should also watch for reduced lane widths and reduced shoulder widths on northbound and southbound I-41.

WIS 441, US 10 and Roland Kampo Bridge

  • Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet counties.
  • Drivers should be aware of orange barrels, narrow lanes, barrier walls and reduced speed limits.
  • US 10 eastbound between County CB and I-41 northbound is reduced to a single lane.

US 41, Oconto County

  • US 41 from US 141/US 41 split to the south end of Oconto may be reduced to one lane for US 41 resurfacing.

US 141, Marinette County

  • US 141 southbound is closed in the village of Wausaukee from WIS 180 to north village of Wausaukee limit. A detour using local streets is posted.

Milwaukee area

  • The southbound I-41 ramp to westbound I-94 will be closed overnight Thursday. This may impact travel following the game.

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 four hours before kickoff and two hours after the game.  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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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 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. After the game, buses run about every 30 minutes until the last bus leaves Lambeau Field at 12:30 a.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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The Lambeau Field parking lot opens at 3:25 p.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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Fans with seats in the South End must enter through the Shopko Gate. All other fans should use the gate suggested on tickets.

The American Family Insurance gate opens at 11 a.m. to allow people to visit the Atrium, Pro Shop, Hall of Fame and restaurants. All other gates open at 5:25 p.m., two hours before kickoff.

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

1919 Kitchen & Tap is open from 11 a.m. until 12 a.m. All other Atrium eateries are open from 3:25 p.m. until the end of the game.

The Packers Pro Shop is open to ticketed guests only; it’s open from 11 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 3:25 p.m. until 5:10 p.m. It re-opens to ticketed fans only at 5:25 p.m. until about 1 hour after the game.

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is open from 11 a.m. until kickoff.

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Green Bay Police want people to know they are investigating sales of counterfeit tickets to recent games at Lambeau Field. If you don’t have your tickets yet, make sure to buy them from a reputable source.

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

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

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The Tundra Tailgate Zone on the east side of the parking lot is open to the public from 3:25 p.m. to one hour after the game. 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.

Antonio Freeman and Robert Brooks are the featured alumni. Freeman will be at the Tundra Tailgate Zone from 6-7 p.m. to meet with fans and sign autographs. Brooks will visit with fans and sign autographs at the Legends Club.

Lexi Ananiadis of Stevens Point will be honored as the Shopko Kick-off Kid for starting Meals for Hope.

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The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will perform the National Anthem.

The Packers and WPS Health Solutions will recognize U.S. Army veteran John Rutt through Operation Fan Mail.

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Game highlights and a performance by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

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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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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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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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