GREEN BAY -- The Green Bay Packers have canceled their annual tailgate tour due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the team announced Thursday.
The tour, which rasies money for different charities each year, was scheduled to stop in La Crosse, Madison, and Milwaukee from May 15-17.
"While the team is disappointed to have to make this difficult decision, the Packers will still be supporting the nonprofit organizations that were set to benefit from the tour: Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics Wisconsin and Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. The Packers will donate $25,000 to each organization in support of their worthy causes," a news release says.
“We are very disappointed to have to cancel this year’s Tailgate Tour,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “While we realize this is the most responsible path forward, we are saddened to miss the opportunity to greet fans throughout the state of Wisconsin. We are grateful for our fans’ understanding and patience as we navigate this difficult time and make tough choices to prioritize health and safety. As our communities weather the coronavirus outbreak, our thoughts are with our fans around the world who are grappling with illness, uncertainty and disruptions to their daily lives and routine.”
This decision was made based on guidance from government officials and the CDC, in light of their recommendations for limiting gathering sizes and practicing social distancing as much as possible.
Those who have already purchased tickets to any of the tailgate parties may click on the event links below for refund information.
· Madison: SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org/Packers.
· Milwaukee: www.starsandstripeshonorflight.org