ASHWAUBENON (NBC 26) — Although it's called 'Family Night,' you can really make an entire day out of tomorrow.
“Packers are really excited to have family night return this year," said Aaron Popkey, director of Public Affairs for the Packers. "Much like training camp, we’ve missed these public opportunities to see the team in action, so excited with practice, excited to have family night on Saturday.“
The Packers will practice on Lambeau Field for the first time this 2021 season, the team expecting around 50,000 fans to fill the stands. It will also be the first time the Packers are implementing the exclusively-mobile ticketing for fans.
“We had a really nice test run," said Popkey. "Worked out great for the fans that came, we know it’s efficient, we know it cuts down on fraud, we know it’s a convenient way to organize our tickets.“
Encouraging fans to follow the latest CDC guidance, the Packers recommend all attendees, vaccinated or unvaccinated, wear masks in the crowded indoor spaces, as Brown County is deemed an area of high transmission. The Packers will not be enforcing the use of masks, nor requiring proof of vaccination. The Brown County Mobile Vaccination Unit also will be parked on the east side of the stadium, with Bellin Health administering COVID-19 vaccines and providing information for those who would like to learn more.
“We continue, first and foremost, to encourage people to get vaccinated," said Popkey. "We know that is the main, most important thing everyone in our community can do to help stop the spread of Covid. And with respect to come in to Lambeau field, we will continue to encourage our guests to follow CDC guidelines.“
The fun begins Saturday at 1:30 p.m., with both the Lambeau Field and Titletown parking lots opening up at that time. Both outdoor areas will have activities for families: from 3 to 7 p.m., Titletown will have backyard games, live music, bounce houses, parachute activities, chalk art, face painting and more. Families just need to submit a waiver in order to get a wristband to participate in the free activities ahead of time. The Fan Walkway on the east side of Lambeau Field will feature activities for families to enjoy as well, including Wally Walbec and his heavy construction equipment from the Walbec Group for kids to admire. Kemps also will be on hand to sample mini ice cream sandwiches. Fans can also stop by the interactive Polaris station to see off-road vehicles and a snowmobile, or visit the Empire Beauty station to get colorful hair extensions, green and gold hair glitter or braids. Heritage Trail Trolley Tours will also take place on Saturday, with three different time slots prior to practice.
“We’re looking forward to, you know we’ll call it, closer to normal circumstances," said Popkey. "And it began with training camp, having fans at training camp and ramping up to family night, it’ll be great to have the big crowd at Lambeau field again to see the team and experience the energy and atmosphere that comes with that.“
Parking will be $5, cash only. Lambeau Field gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the Packers take the field at 7:20 p.m. There will be fireworks when the practice concludes. Tickets are still available for Family Night; you can purchase them here.