Packers remind fans to follow the rules for safe NFC Championship
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The countdown is now measured in hours. The Green Bay Packers will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Lambeau Field’s first NFC Championship in 13 seasons.
The Packers are also planning to honor former general manager Ted Thompson, who died this week at age 68 and whose legacy is still being felt with draft picks Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Corey Linsley and others playing in Sunday’s championship game.
Similar to last week’s divisional round playoff, the game will look far different from “normal” with all of the COVID-19 protocols in place.
The Packers are asking ticketed fans going to Sunday’s championship game to be respectful of the stadium’s current rules or risk being thrown out. Some of the protocols include mask wearing and spacing between seats.
“Just be courteous of everyone around you. We would remind people that coming to the game they are agreeing to follow our fan code of conduct, which includes following these protocols, and by and large everyone did do that last Saturday,” Packers Director of Public Affairs Aaron Popkey said.
Despite some unruly fans at last Saturday’s game, the Packers say it was an overall successful experience. The Packers organization stressed that there have been no COVID-19 cases traced to NFL games.
And the Packers stress one more thing: Get loud Lambeau.
Only about 10 percent of Lambeau Field will be filled with roughly 8,500 fans in attendance. That includes 6,500 season ticket holders, invited frontline workers, and guests from the opposing team.
Officials in the Packers organization say they love having fans in the stands, and for the players and coaches it made a difference in the game’s energy last weekend.
“We’re looking forward to have the same impact this Sunday. We’ll be roughly at 10 percent capacity, so we need everyone that’s there to be 10 times as loud to get us up to the energy that everyone really loves and enjoys at a game, and we know it does make a difference,” Popkey said.
The Packers say they haven’t discussed yet whether fans will be allowed next season. It’s too soon to look that far ahead.
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