Packers opener much quieter than 2015's for police

Doug Schneider
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Sunday's Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field was considerably quieter for police and firefighters than last year's home opener.

A sellout crowd was on hand Sunday, September 24, 2016 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions 34-27.

Green Bay police report only four arrests and six ejections during the noon game against the Detroit Lions, as well-behaved fans made their jobs relatively easy.

One arrest involved a man who ran onto the field. There also were a few minor medical calls involving fans during the game.

Sunday's contest initially seemed like it might be busy for law enforcement. Police reported their first arrest almost 90 minutes before kickoff.

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A year earlier, police arrested 14 fans and removed 37 others as the Packers ran off 14 straight second-half points to come from behind and beat the Seattle Seahawks, 27-17. During a typical Packers season, police will make 85 arrests and eject about 320 fans.

Sunday's numbers weren't the lowest in recent memory, however. A Packers-Carolina Panthers game in October 2014 produced only one arrest and five ejections. It was only the sixth game in more than a decade in which there was only one arrest.

Over the past decade, a typical Packers home game has averaged about seven arrests and 24 ejections, research by USA TODAY Network-Wisconsin shows. Games that start at noon tend to produce lower numbers than night and mid-afternoon games.

The Wisconsin-Louisiana State University game at Lambeau at the beginning of this month produced 16 arrests and 24 ejections. and follow him on Twitter @PGDougSchneider

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