Things to know for Sunday's Packers-Buccaneers game

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The 5-6 Green Bay Packers are looking for a win against the visiting 4-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coach Mike McCarthy wants a 10-win season, which means the team has to run the table. Kickoff is Sunday at noon.

The Packers have a winning 31-21-1 history against the Buccaneers. Since 1990, they've beaten Tampa Bay 14 times at Lambeau Field and lost once.

Players throughout the NFL will wear custom-designed cleats highlighting their personal causes and favorite charities.

The StormCenter 2 forecast calls for an unseasonable December high in the 40's, though with a breezy day the wind chill can feel more like 30's. See the Security section if you plan to bring blankets or sleeping bags for warmth.


BROADCASTS


TV: The game airs on Fox Sports with analyst Greg Jennings (yes, THAT Greg Jennings), play-by-play by Tim Brando, and sideline reports from Jennifer Hale. The game is also available on DIRECTV channel 713.

RADIO: Packers Radio Network coverage airs on 50 stations in 5 states. Click here for a list of Packers Radio Network stations. Westwood One Sports will carry the game nationwide.

The game is also broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio's NFL Sunday Drive, XM channels 83 (Packers) or 829 (Buccaneers), internet channel 811.

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BRING IT WITH YOU


The Green Bay Packers are helping the US Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program. Marines will be in Lambeau Field's parking lots before the game. Bring a new, unwrapped toy or make a cash donation to buy toys for infants to teens. Last year, Packers and Texans fans donated 1,007 toys and more than $18,000. WBAY-TV is a local sponsor of the Toys for Tots program.

The Packers are also collecting for Toys for Tots the night before the game at the Festival of Lights in the Lambeau Field Atrium and lighting of the Christmas tree in Harlan Plaza. The family-friendly event Saturday starts at 5 p.m. with the tree lighting at 6:30.

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GAMEDAY GIVEAWAYS


No giveaways except a feeling of victory beating the Bucs and pride in helping Toys for Tots.

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TRAFFIC


The Department of Transportation says the heaviest congestion happens 3 hours before the game and again 3 hours after. You can see traffic congestion in real-time with our Timesaver Traffic interactive map on WBAY.com and the WBAY Action 2 News On the Go app for Apple and Android devices. Visit 511wi.gov for the very latest travel reports.

If you need driving directions to Lambeau Field, click here.

Safety Patrol
The DOT's State Farm Safety Patrol travels I-41 in Brown County and I-43 in Brown and Manitowoc counties. The safety teams will help during minor crashes and car problems, including flat tires, empty gas tanks and minor repairs.

Around the stadium
Oneida Street between Lombardi Avenue and Mike McCarthy Way (formerly Potts Avenue) and Armed Forces Drive are closed to through traffic. Only motorists with a valid stadium parking pass will be allowed to enter.

Vehicles going north on Ridge Road can drop off passengers in the designated area before the game -- but passenger pick-up after the game is not allowed because of traffic congestion and pedestrian crowds through this area.

Pedestrians are strongly urged to follow the directions of police and parking lot attendants and only cross the street at crosswalks.
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TRANSPORTATION


Green Bay Metro offers free bus rides to and from the stadium on special game day routes. Click here for the Game Day Routes schedule. (We've found you have to be really patient with that website.)

Uber is the official rideshare partner of the Green Bay Packers with a dedicated drop-off/pick-up zone in the Bellin Health lot behind Lodge Kohler in the Titletown District (tip: exit at the Mills Fleet Farm or Verizon gates on the west side of the stadium). You must use the Uber mobile app. Uber is offering new users one free ride, up to a $15 value, if you enter code GOPACKGO17 in the app (offer valid through March 1, 2018).

Lamers Bus Lines offers 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. Click here for a schedule of stops around Brown County (the shuttles will follow a 3:25 game day schedule). Game day transportation is also available from Appleton, Oshkosh, Wausau and Milwaukee with advance reservations. Click here for details about those rides.

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.

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PARKING & TAILGATING


The Lambeau Field parking lot opens at 8 a.m. for parking permit holders only.

The Packers have parking areas off Ridge Road for $40 with portable toilets and charcoal bins. Park for free on residential streets (obey street signs) or a fee in lots and yards near the stadium.

Lambeau Field has a designated drop-off zone on the west side of the stadium. Drivers must be going north on Ridge Road to access the drop-off area. (The drop-off area will NOT be a pick-up zone after the game due to heavy congestion; make arrangements to meet your passengers elsewhere after the game.)

Tailgaters can 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.

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GATES & ATRIUM


The American Family Insurance gate opens at 8 a.m. to ticketed guests only for visiting the Atrium, Pro Shop, Hall of Fame and restaurants. All other gates open at 10 a.m., two hours before kickoff.

Once a ticket is scanned, exit and re-entry with the same ticket is not allowed.

The Packers Pro Shop is open to ticketed guests only from 8 a.m. until one hour after the game ends.

The Game Day Store on the west side of the stadium is open to everyone from 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Fans with tickets will be allowed in from 10 a.m. until one hour after the game ends.

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is open from 8 a.m. until kickoff.

Atrium eateries open at 8:00 a.m. and close at the end of the game. 1919 Kitchen & Tap is open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

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SECURITY


Fans are reminded to use the gate printed on their ticket. Exiting and re-entering the stadium is not allowed on the same ticket.

The NFL requires walk-through metal detectors at all gates, similar to an airport. 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.

Sleeping bags and blankets are allowed but need to be carried loosely to show that nothing is hidden inside. Be prepared for an inspection.

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.

  • New mothers may bring nursing supplies such as a pump and bottles, but no glass items or coolers.

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.

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PRE-GAME


The Packers and Shopko recognize 12-year-old Magdelyn Dreifuerst of Racine. She started a giving tree to support kids in a program for families escaping domestic abuse.

You don't need a ticket to the game to enjoy the new Johnsonville Tailgate Village on the east side of Lambeau Field's parking lot. It's open to the public at 8 a.m. until one hour after the game. Former Packers linebacker Nick Barnett (2003-2010) will join fans there before the game. There will be food and beverages, live music, and TVs to watch the game.

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NATIONAL ANTHEM


New York-based, Dublin-born violin soloist Gregory Harrington performs the "Star-Spangled Banner." He says this is his first collaboration with the NFL.

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HALFTIME


Players from the WIAA Division 1 and Division 2 state champions, the Kimberly Papermakers and Waunakee Warriors, will compete in the halftime High School Quarterback Challenge.

Also enjoy a performance by dancers from Barb's Centre for Dance, a Green Bay and Appleton dance studio.

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GET LOUD LAMBEAU


The Packers encourage fan participation 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 Lambeau Field. An example is when the Packers are defending on third and fourth downs.

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HEALTH


Smoking is not allowed anywhere within the stadium. The Packers say this policy extends to smokeless and electronic cigarettes as well. Exit and re-entry on the same ticket is not permitted if you hoped to step out for a smoking break.

Nursing rooms are available in the main atrium and fourth-floor club level. Chairs and electrical outlets are available in family restrooms as well. Nursing mothers may bring supplies such as a pump and bottles through security, but no coolers or glass items.

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WI-FI


Free wireless internet service is available. Look on your mobile device's Wi-Fi settings and connect to "LambeauField." Look for "Wi-Fi Coaches" who are roaming the concourse to answer questions and solve connection problems.