Packers Family Night: From new ticket scanners to fireworks, here's everything you need to know about Friday's practice
GREEN BAY – Having had a year to become familiar with digital ticketing, Green Bay Packers fans could discover this season how handy that can be.
The Packers during Family Night on Friday will use pedestal-style ticket scanners that should speed up the time it takes for fans to enter Lambeau Field, which means less time standing in line waiting to get in and possibly more time tailgating beforehand.
Family Night is a full-blown Packers practice. It allows the team to practice on Lambeau Field with a game-like atmosphere: crowds cheering, gameday music, scoreboards in use and the like.
The scanners were used on a test basis during the 2021 football season, and were deployed at all gates for the Bayern Munich-Manchester City soccer match on July 23 and the Packers shareholders' meeting on July 25.
Before that, tickets were hand-scanned by Packers personnel, a sometimes less-efficient method.
"We saw our attendees become increasingly comfortable and confident with the technology as the year went on," Packers ticket director Jason McDonough said of the move to mobile ticketing last year. "We anticipate that continuing this year with scanning kiosks in use at all gates. We are off to a great start with the soccer friendly resulting in very positive numbers, as well as the feedback we received.”
The scanner works with Apple products, such as iPhones and Apple watches, and Android phones, using the Wallet function or QR codes.
Scanners also are installed at the entrances to suites.
Family Night tends to be more family-oriented than actual games, as you would expect. Tickets are only $10, and it's a practice, so if you have to go to the concourse with the kids for any reason, you won't miss much.
Tickets still are available and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.
All of that means you draw a fair amount of new people to Lambeau Field. So if you're planning to go, here are things to be aware of:
Parking in Lambeau Field lots will be $5 per car on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking must be paid for in cash. It's the one exception to Lambeau Field and the Packers-owned businesses in the Titletown District being cashless.
Parking fees will benefit Meijer Simply Give and its mission to support hunger relief efforts.
Lot 1 on the southeast side of Lambeau Field remains closed for construction of underground parking and an expansion of player practice facilities at the stadium.
Because there is not enough parking at the stadium in the best of times, street and yard parking will be needed as well.
Street parking is available primarily in Green Bay north of Lombardi Avenue. Street parking in Ashwaubenon is more limited. Lambeau Field neighbors park cars in their yards, in both Green Bay and Ashwaubenon, and that is a commonly-chosen option for fans.
Activities will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Lambeau Field Atrium and parking lot. The Fan Walkway from Oneida Street to the Oneida Nation Gate will open at 1:30 p.m. with a giveaways, games and activities for families and kids to enjoy. Johnsonville Tailgate Village also will open at 1:30 p.m., with food and beverages available for purchase and musical entertainment throughout the day.
Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., with the team taking the field for warmups at 7 p.m. and practice beginning at 7:30.
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What's the Lambeau Field carry-in policy?
The Packers carry-in policy limits items that can be brought into the stadium and how they can be carried.
On the no-go list are bags, backpacks, coolers, strollers, umbrellas, duffel bags, large purses, noisemakers of any kind, fanny packs, food and beverages, selfie sticks, video cameras and still photo cameras with lenses over 12 inches.
What is allowed are clear bags not exceeding 12 x 6 x 12 inches or a one-gallon, clear plastic bag, additional clothing, blankets, small clutch purses the size of a woman's hand, small cameras, binoculars and cellphones if carried loosely or in an approved clear bag.
Fans are asked to go to gates noted on their tickets to make entrance into the stadium faster and more efficient.
Miller Lite End Zone Bar open to fans
As part of the concession stands renovation project, the Packers built a new bar behind seating section 100. Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said the Miller Lite End Zone Bar, with room for nearly 400 people, is climate-controlled and will be popular for fans wanting to warm up or cool down, depending on the outside weather.
"What I like best is the creative use of this space," Murphy said of the bar's location above the Miller Lite Market concession stand.
Jerseys off their backs
After practice, the popular “Jerseys Off Our Backs” drawing will be held. Packers jerseys — all of which will have been worn by Packers players in the just-completed practice — will be given away in a random drawing.
Is the Family Night practice on TV?
Because this is the Green Bay Packers and not some run-of-the-mill NFL team, the Family Night practice will be broadcast on the Packers TV Network.
Stations broadcasting the event include WGBA-TV in Green Bay and WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, as well as WAOW-TV in Wausau, WKOW-TV in Madison, WXOW-TV in La Crosse, WQOW-TV in Eau Claire, KQDS-TV in Duluth-Superior and WLUC-TV in Escanaba-Marquette. The event will also be televised on KWWL-TV and WHBF-TV in Iowa; KATN-TV, KYUR-TV and KJUD-TV in Alaska; and KDLT in Sioux Falls, SD.
Weather permitting, the night will end with a fireworks display. Although rain seems to have been a regular part of recent Family Nights, the forecast calls for clear skies on Friday.
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