For those heading to Green Bay for Saturday’s game, here’s everything you need to know for the College Classic.
Directions to Lambeau Field
If you’re heading to Lambeau Field from Madison, plan your drive wisely. The 136.9-mile drive normally takes 2 hours and 14 minutes, but with so many Badger fans leaving on Friday or Saturday, traffic will be an issue.
The easiest route will be I-94/90 to WI-30 E. You’ll take that to US-151 and then I-41/US-41 N. Follow the signs until you see exits for Lambeau Field (Exit 167). Take Lombardi Ave. until you hit the Stadium.
For a complete list of directions from UW-Madison, click here.
Parking at Lambeau Field for the most part will be for permit holders only. On Saturday morning, there will be a limited amount of parking at Lot 10 off of Ridge Road for $40 dollars at a first-come, first-served basis. A limited amount of disability parking will also be available at Lot 3 off of Lombardi Avenue and Lot 7 off of Valley View Road according to the Packers website. For most people, expect to park in the surrounding neighborhood and side streets.
There will be several tailgate parties available Friday and Saturday before the game including several Badgers only tailgates.
On Friday, Sept. 2, Titletown Brewery and the Wisconsin Alumni Association will host the Wisconsin Badgers Block Party. The celebration will include a pep rally, performance by the UW Badger Band, fireworks and a performance by the Vic Ferrari Band, a classic rock cover band. The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. with the Vic Ferrari concert ending at 11:00 p.m. It is free to the public. Titletown Brewery is located at 320 N. Broadway.
On game day, there will be several tailgate parties around the Green Bay area.
The Packers will host their official Coors Lite tailgate party in the Oneida side of the Lambeau Field parking lot. Alcohol and food from Saz’s will be sold. Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns will play from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. The tailgate is free and open to the public. Must be 21 and older to enter.
There will be two Badgers tailgate parties near the stadium. The Badger Huddle Tailgate will be at Anduzzi’s Sports Club at 1992 Holmgren Way. The event will feature local Wisconsin tailgate food with appearances from Bucky Badger and the UW Spirit Squad. Tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children 3 to 12. The UW Badgers Tailgate Party will be held at The Bar-Holmgren Way at 2001 Holmgren Way. There will be food and live entertainment with the event running from 11:00 a.m. Tickets are similarly $45 for adults and $25 for children.
Merchandise and Concessions
There will be official game day merchandise available at the Packers Pro Shop, kiosks throughout the stadium and online at PackersProShop.com. Packers merchandise will be sold as well as merchandise specific to the Lambeau Field College Classic.
Full concessions including alcohol will also be available during the game. All vendors will stop selling concessions at the end of the third quarter.
Regular security will be enforced at the game similar to Packer games. Attendees will have to go through metal detectors and bags will be checked. The carry-in policy at Lambeau is as follows:
· Bags must clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and must not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”.
· Guests can also bring one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags.
· Clutch bags that are the size of a hand are also acceptable.
· The certified Packers carry-in bag is also available in the Packers Pro Shop.
· Stadium seats are acceptable if they do not have zippers or pockets.
The game will be broadcasted on ABC/ESPN. In Madison, WBAY-TV2 will broadcast the game. The Wisconsin Badgers Sports Network will also be the local radio broadcaster for the game.
ESPN’s College GameDay will also air Saturday morning before the game from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The program will be held in front of the Brown County Arena on Oneida Street according to Packers.com.
Game Day Entry
Kickoff will begin at 2:30 p.m. The Lambeau Field Atrium including the Pro Shop will be open at 10:30 a.m. for ticketed attendees. The Pro Shop will be open until 1 hour after the game. Gates will open at 10:30 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Packers.com.