Chesney/Aldean concert must-know info
The countdown is on for this weekend's double-bill blowout that brings Kenny Chesney's Big Revival Tour and Jason Aldean's Burn It Down Tour to Lambeau Field on the same night.
Saturday's concert will be only the second major tour to play the historic Green Bay Packers stadium. Chesney was the first in 2011 for a co-headlining tour stop with the Zac Brown Band.
We're pretty sure fans have all the words down for singing along to "Summertime" and "Dirt Road Anthem," but here's a rundown of practical information to know for anybody with tickets to the show.
» Parking: Resch Center area lots open at 11 a.m. and Lambeau Field lots ($40) at 1 p.m. Areas surrounding Lambeau Field marked "No parking day of Lambeau event" will be enforced just as they are during a home Packers game.
» Gates: Open at 4 p.m.
» Concert: 4:30 p.m. It will be be a six-hour show with Aldean and Cheseny co-headlining; Aldean goes on first. Opening acts are Brantley Gilbert, Cole Swindell and Old Dominion.
» Ticket availability: Limited number of $117, $177 and $257 Sand Bar (standing-only area near the stage) tickets available at ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000 and at the Packers ticket office.
» Crowd: Capacity is expected to be just over 50,000. Current ticket sales have already surpassed the 45,446 total attendance for 2011's Lambeau concert.
» Blue Chair Bay rum fun: Chesney's Blue Chair Bay line of rums will host a tailgating area prior to the show that will sell specialty cocktails and display a replica of the colorfully painted bus from his "American Kids" video. There will be a graffiti wall for fans to sign on each tour stop, games and a history of the brand on board the bus.
» More tailgating stuff: Love and Theft, the Nashville duo who has scored hits with "Angel Eyes" and "Runaway," will play a free show at 2:30 p.m. on Y100's stage on Oneida Street. There will also likely be a concert merchandise booth in the area outside Lambeau.
» Carry-ins: Fans will be allowed to carry in a clear bag that does not exceed 12 by 6 by 12 inches or a 1-gallon clear plastic bag. Additional clothing and blankets will be allowed if carried in loosely or an approved clear bag. Small clutch purses the size of a woman's hand, measuring no larger than 41/2 by 61/2 inches, are permitted, but subject to search.
» Cameras and phones: Small cameras, binoculars and cellphones are acceptable if carried in loosely or in approved clear bag. Selfie sticks, video cameras and still photo cameras with lenses of more than 12 inches are not allowed.
» Other prohibited items: Umbrellas, obstructive banners and signs, backpacks, coolers, strollers, duffel bags, large purses, bags, fanny packs, noisemakers, firearms, weapons, food and beverages.
» Stadium seats: Traditional stadium seats with backs and seat pads are permitted if they do not exceed 18 inches wide and are without pockets, zippers or concealable areas. Oversized seats and seats with arm rests or other attachments are not allowed. A limited number of seat backs will be available for rent for $6 in lower concourse near Mills Fleet Farm, Oneida Nation and Verizon gates and Section 111/113 near the Miller Lite Gate.
» Field seating: Ticket holders with seats on the field or in the Sand Bar area will need a special wristband to get access to their sections. After your ticket is scanned and you pass through security, go to the tables marked "field seating and Sand Bar check-in" to get a field-access wristband.
» Road construction and traffic delays: The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reminds motorists that I-41 in Brown County from Oneida Street north to Suamico, and adjacent roadways and intersections, are under construction. Allow additional time and check 511wi.gov or call 511 for real-time traffic information, including travel times, lane closures and incidents.
Motorists should especially avoid I-41 via the Oneida Street interchange in Ashwaubenon following the concert. Access to Oneida Street prior to the concert should also be avoided.
Oneida Street under I-41 is under construction. Only one lane is open on Oneida northbound and southbound. Expect backups and long delays. Motorists can use Ashland Avenue, Lombardi Avenue, Wisconsin 172, Mason Street or Shawano Avenue as an alternative access point onto city streets toward Lambeau Field.
The Village of Ashwaubenon reminds motorists Cormier Road is closed under I-41. It is not passable and residential side streets are not designed for heavy traffic. Plan alternative routes.
All construction on the I-41 project will cease on Saturday, but barrier walls, narrow lanes, reduced speed limits and orange barrels will be present in various locations In Brown, Winnebago and Outagamie counties that will cause traffic to slow.
All ramps for the I-41 and Wisconsin 172 Interchange are open, but motorists should expect congestion and potential delays, especially after the concert.
The northbound I-41 ramp to southbound I-43 is closed until the end of August. Plan an alternate route.
I-43 between Atkinson Drive and I-41 is reduced to one lane of travel. Expect congestion and slow travel.
» Lambeau Field Atrium: Open to ticketed guests only at 4 p.m.
» Packers Pro Shop: Open to the public noon-7 p.m.; entry only through doors facing Lombardi Avenue.
» Re-entry: Once your ticket has been scanned, there is no re-entry back into the stadium.
» Stage setup: The first trucks with the tour arrived in Green Bay on Monday, with setup expected to be completed by Friday. Chesney's productions includes a lighting rig from Italy and sound system from Australia, both being used in North America for the first time. The video screens boast 2.3 million pixels -- more pixels than the screens at the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium.
» Weather: Forecast calls for a high of 80 and a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms later in the day. It's a rain-or-shine event.
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