The Green Bay Packers have their first preseason game of the 2013 season on Friday evening, the annual Bishop's Charities Game vs. the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, which represents the first time the approximately 7,000 news seats as part of the new south end zone expansion will be open in a game environment.
Action gets underway at 7:00 p.m. CT with the game to be televised on the Packers television network of 14 stations over much of the Midwest. Pregame coverage starts at 6:00 p.m.
Time Warner Cable customers should be aware that barring a last-minute agreement, the game will be blacked out on NBC affiliates in Green Bay and Milwaukee, although the game will still be shown on other cable and satellite providers. Telemundo Wisconsin will also televise the game in Spanish.
The local announcing team includes CBS’s Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) alongside fellow CBS broadcaster Rich Gannon (analyst), with Rod Burks of WTMJ-TV serving as the sideline reporter.
Wayne Larrivee and Larry McCarren will call the action on the Packers Radio Network, which covers 42 markets in six states.
The NFL Network will not carry the game live, although it will be replayed shortly after its conclusion at midnight CT.
For those attending the game in person, the parking lot at Lambeau Field opens at 3:00 p.m. with gates to the stadium opening at 5:00 p.m.
Friday’s matchup will serve as the Packers’ Back to Football game. A special “thank you fan moment” will feature 90 fans, some of them wounded warriors, receiving a personalized Nike jersey from the team and NFL. These fans will also participate in the Ambassador Line during player introductions.
During pregame activities, Bishop Robert Morneau will present a trophy to Graham Harrell, the MVP from last year’s Bishop’s Charities Game. This is the 53rd year that the Packers have designated a preseason game as the Bishop’s Charities Game. To date, the series has raised more than $3.7 million for charity efforts in the Green Bay Diocese.
Don Fadell will be performing the national anthem. Fadell appeared in the recent Cenex “Tanks of Thanks” commercial, where he is portrayed traveling to sporting events singing the national anthem. The Cenex Tanks of Thanks campaign rewards people with free fuel for doing good deeds in their communities.
Ryan Sawlsville of Appleton, Wis., a recent contestant on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, will be introduced at halftime and will participate in a Q-and-A session from the field. Sawlsville began his weight loss journey in 2012 on the show and lost more than 200 pounds.
August is also National USA Football Month and to celebrate, the Packers invited more than 1,500 representatives from youth football leagues across the state to attend Friday’s game.
The Green Bay Metro gameday bus service is available again this year, with service to multiple areas of Green Bay. The four, free service routes, designed to reach Green Bay’s major key routes and fan-heavy areas during Packers home games, will run five hours before each game and three hours after. Extended hours will be provided during night games. Further details and gameday route information is available at greenbaymetro.org/en-us/packers/default.aspx.
The NFL’s new stadium safety policy, announced last month, will be implemented at Lambeau Field for all home games. It is recommended that fans allow extra time for entry into Lambeau Field. Gates open two hours prior to kickoff. As part of the new policy, no bags or purses will be allowed inside Lambeau Field unless they are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and are no larger than 12” by 6” by 12”. Small clutches that do not exceed 4.5” by 6.5” are permitted. Stadium cushions are also not allowed as a part of the new policy, however, stadium seats and stadium pads that contain no pockets or zippers and are 18” wide or smaller are allowed. For more information on the NFL’s new policy, please visit nfl.com/allclear.
Also taking place at Friday night’s preseason opener is the premier gameday tailgate party in the Tundra Tailgate Zone (TTZ) in the Lambeau Field parking lot. The fan walkway will feature autographs from Packers Alumni Bill Schroeder and Chris Jacke starting at 4:30 p.m. and interactive games for fans.
Friday’s game will feature magnetic game schedules as the game giveaway, compliments of Cenex.
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