Things to know for Sunday’s Packers-Texans game

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The Green Bay Packers return to Lambeau Field on Sunday, Dec. 4 to host the Houston Texas.

Kickoff is at noon.

This will be the fourth meeting between the teams. The Packers and Texans last met up in 2012. The Packers won that game 42-24.

The Packers have won two of the three matchups between the teams.

The Packers have won six of eight games played in December since 2014.

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

BroadcastsBring It with YouGameday Giveaways – TrafficTransportationParking & TailgatingGates & AtriumSecurityPre-gameNational AnthemHalftimeGet Loud LambeauHealthWi-Fi

BROADCASTS

TV: The game airs regionally on CBS. 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. ESPN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio will also broadcast the game.

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BRING IT WITH YOU

The Packers annual Toys for Tots collection will take place before the game.

Fans are asked to donate new, unwrapped toys for children and teens in need. Cash donations will also be accepted.

U.S. Marines will be stationed in the Lambeau Field parking lot to collect donations.

WBAY is a proud partner of the Toys for Tots donation drive. Click here for a full list of drop off sites.

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GAMEDAY GIVEAWAYS

Mittens compliments of Sentry will be handed out before the game.

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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.

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

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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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 a.m. 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

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 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 kickoff.

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 a.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 kickoff.

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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 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.

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NATIONAL ANTHEM

Clare Dunn will perform the National Anthem.

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HALFTIME

Ashwaubenon and Green Bay Southwest will take part in the High School Quarterback Challenge.

There will be an ultimate frisbee scrimmage between the Madison Radicals and Wisconsin College All-Stars.

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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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