Here's what you need to know as the Green Bay Packers prepare to host the NFC championship game against Tampa Bay

Richard Ryman
Green Bay Press-Gazette
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GREEN BAY – Tickets for the first NFC championship game at Lambeau Field since 2007 will be hot items on a cold day.  

The game between the Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. Sunday. If the Packers win, they will play in Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.  

Here are some things to know about Sunday's game:

First-game success

The Packers said Saturday’s first game of the year with paying fans was a success. Total attendance, including paid ticket holders and invited guests, was 8,456.

It was the first time paying fans were allowed into Lambeau this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. A lesser number of invited health care workers, first responders and employees and their respective families were allowed in for the final four regular-season home games. 

The last time paying fans were in Lambeau Field before Saturday was Jan. 12, 2020, when the Packers defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 28-23, in a divisional playoff game. Attendance was 78,998.  

Fair weather ahead

The early forecast calls for cloudy skies, a chance of snow and a high of 28 degrees, which is normal Wisconsin winter weather.  

The average high temperature in January in Green Bay is 26. The average high temperatures in Tampa in January are in the high 60s and low 70s. Temperatures in Tampa this week will be in the low to mid-70s.

Fans find their seats as the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams warm up on the field before the start of the NFC divisional playoff game on Jan. 16, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

First-come, first-served tickets

Tickets will be sold only to season ticket holders who notified the Packers before the season that they'd be willing to buy tickets. About 11,000 season ticket holders opted in. Those fans were contacted by email with details on how to buy tickets when they go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The sale will be on a first-come, first-served basis on the Ticketmaster website. Tickets for Saturday's game sold out in 27 minutes.

No resales

Tickets will be sold for pods of two, four and six seats. The idea is that attendees will be from the same household. That sounds better in theory than it was in practice on Saturday, when it appeared that numerous pods included members of more than one household.

All tickets are electronic and will only be on the electronic device of the purchaser. Tickets cannot be transferred, which means there will be no resale market for the game.

Prices, set by the NFL for playoff games, will range from $215 in the end zones to $280 between the 20-yard lines. Ticketmaster also will charge a service fee.

COVID-19 precautions

Temporary seat backs will be set up throughout the bowl to enforce social distancing. 

COVID-19 safety measures will be in full force, including mandatory wearing of masks, except when eating or drinking, and social distancing, which includes people not getting outside their pods to interact with other pods.

Ushers were persistent Saturday in reminding people to wear their masks or keep their distances when necessary. They will be again on Sunday. They are doing their jobs. Be nice to them.

Lambeau Field lots open

Parking passes can be purchased separately by the person buying the tickets. The passes also are electronic and cannot be transferred. The parking lots will open two hours before game time (instead of the usual four hours).

Tailgating in Lambeau Field parking lots is prohibited. 

Some street parking is available in neighborhoods around Lambeau Field, particularly on the north side of the stadium in Green Bay. Ashwaubenon has parking restrictions on some streets near the stadium.   

Assigned entry gates

Tickets will identify the gate ticket holders should use to enter. As a rule, fans will enter gates nearest their seats, but the procedure also is designed to keep too many people from gathering in any one area. 

Packers fans, from left to right, Kim Glover, Pat Bichler, Tom Wagner, and Ann Bichler, all of Sheboygan,  tailgated Saturday in a lot on the corner of Ridge and Valley View roads before the Green Bay Packers took on the Los Angeles Rams in a NFC divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field.

Carry-in ban

No carry-ins will be allowed, including clear bags or large purses. Small clutch purses and loosely carried blankets or clothing will be allowed.

Limited concessions

Concession stands will be open, although fewer than normal and with more limited menus. The idea is to get people in and out more quickly. Social distancing will be applied.

Lambeau Field is cashless, so all purchases, including in the Packers Pro Shop, must be by credit or debit card. 

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