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Packers: Team employees, household family members to attend Sunday’s game to test COVID-19 protocols

Team members say they hope ticketed fans will still be able to attend games in the next few weeks.
The parking lot outside Lambeau Field is empty before an NFL football game between the Green...
The parking lot outside Lambeau Field is empty before an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)(Mike Roemer | AP)
Published: Nov. 23, 2020 at 3:38 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Packers have announced a small group of Packers employees and their household family members will attend Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field.

Although Lambeau is still closed on gamedays to fans, team officials say this group will evaluate COVID-19 protocols that have been implemented.

Team members say they hope ticketed fans will still be able to attend games in the next few weeks.

In all, about 500 people are expected to attend the game to test operations, concessions stands, restrooms, and distancing of seats throughout the bowl.

“It’s an outside venue, when you talk to people there’s a big difference between outside venues and indoors and when you look at from the big picture, we’re going to be less than once percent of our total capacity,” said Packers President and CEO, Mark Murphy.

All of the guests attending Sunday night’s game will comply with the new seat policy, which the Packers say requires all attendees to remain within their socially distanced household “pod” of seats, unless someone is using the restroom or buying items from the concession stand.

Other items included during Sunday’s test include the following:

  • Use of mobile tickets as the way to enter the game
  • Enhanced cleaning measures in the stadium
  • Hand sanitizer stations in the concourse
  • Cashless concession locations
  • Required face coverings unless eating or drinking

No tailgating will be allowed for Sunday’s guests.

The team says they won’t be hosting fans at the Bears or Eagles games, and if they are able to host fans later this season, ticket holders who have opted in for the opportunity to buy tickets will be given instructions about the ticket-purchasing process at a later date.

The Packers say they’re working with Bellin Health and officials with the Brown County Health Department to evaluate the possibility of hosting fans this season.

The news comes as Brown County health officials anticipate a shift in COVID-19 cases.

“Our cases continue to be quite high, but what we’re seeing is perhaps the signs of a leveling off,” said Anna Destree, Brown County Public Health Officer.

The Packers estimate they could have 12,000 people inside Lambeau safely when the time is right.

There’s no set gating criteria or a date on when ticketed fans would be allowed back.

“We don’t want to be inflexible and set an artificial number and then kind of box ourselves in but we have to be reasonable and look at all the information we have as we make these decisions,” said Dr. Michael Landrum, infectious disease specialist at Bellin Health.

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