Less than a week after the Green Bay Packers’ first preseason game, the team will host the Oakland Raiders for a Thursday night match up at Lambeau Field.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is expected to sit out the game, as he did during last Friday’s victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Brett Hundley has returned from injury and is expected to take the snaps.
Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Thursday is the 56th annual Bishop’s Charities Game. Green Bay Diocese Bishop David Ricken will greet fans and present an award to Hundley.
Here are some things to know about Thursday night’s game:
The game will air on WXOW during the pre-season.
The Department of Transportation predicts the heaviest congestion will happen 3 hours before the game and again 3 hours after. Visit 511wi.gov for the very latest travel condition reports.
Construction continues on Interstate 41 that could impact people driving to and from the game. Drivers are urged to keep an eye out for closures, orange barrels, narrow lanes and congested traffic.
Drivers on I-41, Highway 172 and I-43 could experience significant backups near Lambeau Field. Expect congestion at the I-41 interchanges at Oneida Street, Highway 172 and I-43. Also expect congestion along Ashland Avenue through De Pere and Ashwaubenon, which is a popular alternative route.
Two freeway service teams will work in Brown County on game day — one each on I-41 and WIS 172. They’ll remove disabled vehicles from travel lanes or shoulders, provide small amounts of fuel, and make minor repairs such as changing flat tires or jump-starting batteries.
If you need driving directions to Lambeau Field, click here: http://www.packers.com/lambeau-field/stadium-info/directions.html
Green Bay Metro is offering free ride to and from the stadium on special game day routes: the Cheesehead, the QB Sneak, the Quick Slant and the Lambeau Leap.
Lamers Bus Lines offers the Lamers Express Game Day shuttle service to and from stops around Brown County. Stops include Austin Straubel International Airport, hotels and motels and bars. All buses drop off before the game and pick up after the game at The Bar on Holmgren Way. The cost is $7 each way, cash only. No advance reservations are required.
The Packers and its partners have a Designated Driver program. Fans can register at kiosks in the atrium, Sections 109 and 112 on the lower concourse and on the 6th and 7th floors in the South End. Suite and club guests can register at concierge desks. Fans who register will receive a voucher for a non-alcoholic beverage and be eligible to win a mini helmet signed by Mike McCarthy.
PARKING & TAILGATING
The Lambeau Field parking lot opens at 3 p.m. for parking permit holders.
Tailgaters are allowed to use grills with charcoal or L.P. gas, but no wood, fryers or open flames. Grills must be at least two inches above the pavement and have adult supervision at all times. Everything must be extinguished before you leave it unattended. Charcoal can be disposed of in receptacles provided in the parking lot.
Waste Management placed green dumpsters throughout the parking lot for recyclables. Recyclable items include aluminum cans; tin cans; beer, wine, and liquor bottles; paper and cardboard.
GATES & ATRIUM
The American Family Insurance gate opens at 11 a.m. to allow people to visit the Atrium, Pro Shop, Hall of Fame and restaurants. All other gates open at 5 p.m., two hours before kick-off.
Once a ticket is scanned, exit and re-entry with the same ticket is not allowed.
1919 Kitchen & Tap is open from 11 a.m. until midnight. All other Atrium eateries are open from 5 p.m. until the end of the game.
The Packers Pro Shop is open to ticketed guests only; it’s open from 11 a.m. until about 1 hour after the game ends. The Game Day Store on the west side of the stadium is open to everyone from 3 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. It re-opens to ticketed fans only at 5 p.m. until about 1 hour after the game.
The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is open from 11 a.m. until kick-off.
Fans are reminded to use the gate printed on their ticket. Exiting and re-entering the stadium is not allowed on the same ticket.
New this year, the Green Bay Packers installed walk-through metal detectors at all gates. Similar to an airport, fans need to place metal objects the size of a small cellphone or larger into a tray before passing through the metal detector. Unlike airports, fans will not need to remove jackets, shoes, wallets, watches, keys or coins. There are express lanes for fans who are not carrying in bags or stadium seats.
The NFL mandates walk-through metal detectors at all stadium gates for the 2016 season.
As in previous years, NFL policy bans large purses, bags and some stadium seats.
You can have bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″; you can also have one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar).
You can have small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, along with one of the clear bag options.
An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.
You can have stadium seats with backs only if they have no zippers, pockets or concealed areas.
Padded seats with backs are available for rent inside the stadium.
Small cameras and binoculars must be carried loosely or in a clear bag.
Any items that do not meet the rules for security clearance must be taken back to your vehicle or confiscated. Confiscated items will be disposed of. Fans and their belongings may be searched when entering the stadium, and won’t be allowed into the game if they refuse to be searched. For more information on NFL security, visit http://nfl.com/allclear.
Stadium seats (portable seat backs) are available for rental in the lower concourse.
The Tundra Tailgate Zone on the east side of the parking lot opens at 3 p.m. You don’t need a ticket to the game to get in. The Tundra Tailgate Zone features live music, autographs and giveaways. It will close about 1 hour after the game ends.
The main level of the Lambeau Field Atrium will have music and concessions and a live broadcast of Packers Preview.
Stella Starry of De Pere will be honored as “Shopko Kick-off Kid.” Stella was adopted from Guatemala and has helped organize drives and lemonade stands to benefit people in her home country.
The national anthem is performed by UW-Green Bay alumnus Kevin Wellens
The High School Quarterback Challenge will feature players from De Pere and Notre Dame Academy.
Two teams from St. Francis Xavier Youth Football League will scrimmage during halftime. It’s part of Play Football Month.
GET LOUD LAMBEAU
At crucial times during the game, messages and videos on the TundraVision boards will encourage fans to “get loud,” taking advantage of the acoustics of the renovations to Lambeau Field. An example is when the Packers are defending on third and fourth downs. Fans will also see “Get Loud Lambeau” signs in the concourses and giveaways encouraging fan participation.
The Packers partnered with other companies to enhance its free wireless Internet service inside the stadium. Look on your mobile device’s Wi-Fi settings and connect to “LambeauField.”