Returning to normal: Packers announce plan for full stadium on gameday, fans at training camp, more
GREEN BAY – Yes, the Green Bay Packers will have a full stadium for games this season, training camp will be open to fans and Family Night will return.
The team on Thursday confirmed those plans after a year of limited fan participation because of the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic isn't completely set aside, however. The Packers will continue to ask unvaccinated visitors to follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines on masking, especially indoors.
"We continue to encourage individuals to follow CDC recommendations, including getting vaccinated, as it greatly reduces risk of viral infection and transmission in fully vaccinated individuals," said Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy.
Among events returning to near normal:
- The Packers 5K Run/Walk on July 24, a computer-timed run on a neighborhood route that goes into Lambeau Field and around the playing field.
- The annual Packers shareholders meeting, scheduled for 11 a.m. July 26 in the Lambeau Field bowl. The meeting will be held rain or shine. Last year's meeting was virtual because of the pandemic. The meeting will be livestreamed this year as well.
- Training Camp, which begins the last week of July. Fans will be permitted to attend practices, with some adjustments because of NFL and NFL Players Association protocols. Things that could be affected include the tradition of players riding bicycles from the locker room to the practice field. More information will be available closer to training camp.
- Family Night, scheduled for Aug. 7. Information on ticket sales and related activities will be released later.
- The first preseason game, against the Houston Texans, at 7 p.m. Aug. 14. There will be no restrictions preventing a full stadium. The Packers also will host a preseason game against the New York Jets at 3:25 p.m. Aug. 21.
- Full stadium tours, returning in coming weeks, beginning with the Classic Tour. Information is available at packershofandtours.com.
- Tailgating. The favorite gameday activity of fans will once again be permitted in Packers parking lots.
Lambeau Field Atrium regular hours now are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Packers Hall of Fame hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
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The Packers will not require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to attend events, but they ask people who are not vaccinated to follow CDC recommendations, including wearing masks. Indoor club seats, for example, would be equivalent to being in a movie theater, which CDC considers to be among high-risk activities for unvaccinated individuals.
"As you make plans to attend Packers events and other large-scale events in the community, know your best protection is to be fully vaccinated," said Anna Destree, Brown County public health officer. "If you're not fully vaccinated, continue to wear a mask and know the risk levels in different settings."
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