Things to know for the Packers-Seahawks season opener at Lambeau Field

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- On Sept. 10, the Green Bay Packers will face former teammate Eddie Lacy and the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field to kick off the 2017 NFL season. The game starts at 3:25 p.m.

It's the first time since 2012 that the Packers have opened a season at Lambeau Field.

The Packers have dominated the Seahawks at Lambeau Field, winning three of the last four meetings in Green Bay by more than 20 points.

The Packers are 10-3 against the Seahawks at Lambeau Field during the regular and postseason.

Gray affiliate WBAY predicts sunny and warm weather with a high around 70.

On Saturday, the Packers will celebrate Kickoff Weekend with a free concert featuring Blues Traveler and Everclear. The party starts at 3 p.m. at the Johnsonville Tailgate Village. Music begins at 5 p.m. near the Oneida Nation Gate.

Things to know for Sunday's Packers-Seahawks game:


BROADCASTS


TV: The game airs on Fox. Joe Buck handles the play-by-play with Troy Aikman providing analysis. Erin Andrews is the sideline reporter.

RADIO: Packers Radio Network coverage airs on 50 stations in 5 states. Click here for a list of Packers Radio Network stations.

The game is also broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio's NFL Sunday Drive.

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BRING IT WITH YOU


Non-perishable food or monetary donations. The Packers Women's Association is collecting food donations for Paul's Pantry in Green Bay.

Your appetite. Lambeau Field is offering new concessions this year. Click here to see what's new on the menu.

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GAMEDAY GIVEAWAYS

A rally towel courtesy of Tundraland, Kohl's and Marriott will be given to fans before the game.

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TRAFFIC


The Department of Transportation says the heaviest congestion happens 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

Safety Patrol
The DOT's State Farm Safety Patrol will work in the 441 expansion project in Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet counties until 6:30 p.m. on game day. The DOT also patrols I-41 in Brown County and I-43 in Brown and Manitowoc counties. The safety teams will help during minor crashes and car problems, including flat tires, empty gas tanks and minor repairs.

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.

Vehicles going north on Ridge Road can drop off passengers in the designated area before the game -- but passenger pick-up after the game is not allowed because of traffic congestion and the pedestrian crowds through this area.

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TRANSPORTATION


Green Bay Metro offers free bus rides to and from the stadium on special game day routes. Click here for the Game Day Routes schedule.

Lamers Bus Lines will again offer 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 (the shuttles will follow a 3:25 game day schedule). Game day transportation is also available from Appleton, Oshkosh, Wausau and Milwaukee with advance reservations. 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 11:25 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 (The drop-off area will NOT be a pick-up zone after the game due to heavy congestion; make arrangements to meet your passengers elsewhere after the game).

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 11:25 a.m to allow people to visit the Atrium, Pro Shop, Hall of Fame and restaurants. All other gates open at 1:25 p.m., two hours before kickoff.

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

The Packers Pro Shop is open to ticketed guests only from 11:25 a.m. until one hour after the game ends.

The Game Day Store on the west side of the stadium is open to everyone from 11:25 a.m. until 1:10 p.m. Fans with tickets will be allowed in from 1:25 p.m. until one hour after the game ends.

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is open from 11:25 a.m. until kickoff.

Atrium eateries open at 11:25 a.m. and close at the end of the game. 1919 Kitchen & Tap is open from 11:25 a.m. until 12 a.m.

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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.

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.

Sleeping bags and blankets are allowed but need to be carried loosely to show that nothing is hidden inside.

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


Concessions are in the Atrium and fans can watch Packers Preview.

You don't need a ticket to the game to enjoy the new Johnsonville Tailgate Village on the east side of Lambeau Field's parking lot. It's open to the public until one hour after the game. There will be food and beverages, live music, alumni photos and TVs to watch the game.

Packer alum Willie Buchanon (#28, 1972-'78) takes part in fan activities at the new tailgate village while John Brockington (#42, 1971-'77) joins fans in the Legends Club.

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NATIONAL ANTHEM


Blues Traveler frontman John Popper will perform the National Anthem on harmonica.

Two F-16 fighter jets from the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing will perform a flyover.

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HALFTIME


Halftime entertainment features the High School Quarterback Challenge between Fox Valley Lutheran High School and Wrightstown High School.

The UW-Whitewater marching band will perform.

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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 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. Exit and re-entry are not permitted.

Nursing rooms are 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


Free wireless internet service is available. Look on your mobile device's Wi-Fi settings and connect to "LambeauField." Look for "Wi-Fi Coaches" roaming the concourse if you have any questions or issues.



 
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