Things to know for the Packers-Bengals game

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Packers (1-1) host the Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) at Lambeau Field on Sunday, September 24. Kickoff is at 3:25 p.m. This is the Packers Alumni Game.

The Packers have won their first two home games 7 times in the last 8 seasons, and according to the Packers they haven't lost consecutive games in September since 2008. But Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is 3-0 in games against the Packers.

Watch linebacker Clay Matthews, who needs one more sack to pass Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila's franchise record of 74.5, or half a sack to tie.

Sunday's game is poised to set a record for hottest game at Lambeau Field. StormCenter 2 predicts 87 degrees at kickoff with mostly sunny and humid conditions, and still low 80s when the game ends. (We've listed symptoms of heat-related illnesses and precautions in the "health" section below.)


TV: The game airs on CBS Sports with analyst Tony Romo and Jim Nantz on play-by-play with Tracy Wolfson on the sidelines. The game is also available on DIRECTV channel 715.

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

The game is also broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio's NFL Sunday Drive, Sirius channel 81 or XM channel 225 (internet channel 811).

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Salvation Army and WBAY-TV volunteers are collecting for Coats for Kids, providing warm clothing to underprivileged children before winter. Bring a new or gently used winter coat for toddlers to teens. Hats, mittens and gloves or monetary donations are also accepted. Last year the Packers-Cowboys game collected 200 new coats, 300 gently used coats, and $9,000 in cash donations.

Local dry cleaners partnering with Coats for Kids clean all of the clothing before it's distributed. Get more information here.

Bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations for the Touchdowns for Charity food drive to the Sargento tent near Johnsonville Tailgate Village. Meet Packers Hall of Famer William Henderson from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Donations benefit Paul's Pantry and the Hunger Task Force.

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Fans will receive sunglasses from Sentry.

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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 and the WBAY Action 2 News On the Go app for Apple and Android devices. Visit 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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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.

New this season, 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 will again offer 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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The Lambeau Field parking lot opens at 11:25 a.m. for parking permit holders only.

The Packers have parking areas off Ridge Road for $40 with portable toilets and col . 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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The American Family Insurance gate opens at 11:25 a.m to allow people to visit the Atrium, Pro Shop, Hall of Fame and restaurants. All other gates open at 1:25 p.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 11:25 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 11:25 a.m. until 1:10 p.m. Fans with tickets will be allowed in from 1:25 p.m. until one hour after the game ends.

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is open from 11:25 a.m. until kickoff.

Atrium eateries open at 11:25 a.m. and close at the end of the game. 1919 Kitchen & Tap is open from 11:25 a.m. until 12 a.m.

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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.

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

Stadium seats (portable seat backs) are available for rental in the lower concourse.

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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 11:25 a.m. until one hour after the game. Packers alum Ed "The Toolbox" West (TE, 1984-94) will meet fans and sign autographs here from 2 to 3 p.m. There will be food and beverages, live music, and TVs to watch the game.

Watch Packers Preview in the Lambeau Field Atrium with Dennis Krause, Jeff Falconio and Mark Tauscher as it's being broadcast live.

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Tony Award-winning actor and singer Anthony Crivello of Milwaukee (original Broadway cast of "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "Les Miserable") will perform the national anthem.

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More than 40 Green Bay Packers alumni will be recognized during halftime. Scheduled to attend (alphabetically): Donny Anderson, Zeke Bratkowski, John Brockington, LeRoy Butler, Paul Coffman, Najeh Davenport, Lynn Dickey, Boyd Dowler, Gerry Ellis, Marv Fleming, Jim Grabowski, Ron Hallstrom, Doug Hart, William Henderson, Paul Hornung, Eddie Lee Ivery, Chris Jacke, George Koonce, 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist Jerry Kramer, Ryan Longwell, Don Majkowski, Dave Robinson, Bill Schroeder, Jim Taylor and David Whitehurst and Frank Winters.

The break also features the High School Quarterback Challenge between players from Black Hawk and Pecatonica/Argyle high schools.

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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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Because of the unseasonably high temperatures expected Sunday in a crowded, open stadium, the Green Bay Metro Fire Department says be aware of heat-related illness. Symptoms may be dizziness, headache, muscle cramps, nausea, pale skin, confusion, or a rapid heartbeat.

The GBMFD recommends wearing loose-fiiting, lighter-colored clothing (may we recommend Packers whites?), drink plenty of non-caffeinated and non-alcohol drinks (alcohol may impair your ability to recognize symptoms). Seek shade when possible. Apply active cooling measures, such as ice towels or fans.

EMS (paramedic) services are available before, during and after the game.

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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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.