The Green Bay Packers play for their second and final preseason game at home tonight as they host the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field before opening the 2014 regular season next Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Seattle Seahawks.
Yes, it’s only one week – 7 days – until Packers football gets under way for real. And they do do it with a big splash as they play the world champion in the home of the infamous “Fail Mary” to kick off not only their own regular season, but the the entire league. That should be a lot of fun.
But before we get there, the Packers still have much to do to get their roster reduced to 53 men from the current roster of 73.
That means lots of bodies moving in and out tonight as Head Coach Mike McCarthy tries to first of all win a meaningless game, but also evaluate one last time which players make the team.
I guess that’s why he makes the big bucks.
Don’t expect to see Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who will be sitting in favor of backups Scott Tolzien and Matt. Flynn. Their battle for the backup spot behind Rodgers will be in full view. In fact, their play tonight may determine whether the Packers keep two or three quarterbacks on the roster.
What the coaching staff and fans will be watching with most interest will be the rookies who could be considered on the bubble.
For me, I’m most interested in watching Jayrone Elliott, the outside linebacker. All he has done with his opportunities so far is sack and disrupt the quarterback. Many feel he’s already locked up a roster spot and tonight he could cement that spot.
We’ll find out … and you can watch it all unfold on television, the radio and online.
Here’s the best available information for watching and listening …
Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
(BISHOP’S CHARITIES GAME)
THURSDAY, AUG. 28, 2014
KICKOFF: 6 p.m.
Bishop’s Charities Game
Fifty-four years ago, Coach Lombardi and the Packers teamed up with the Diocese of Green Bay for the first Bishop’s Charities Game – As we continue that tradition, the Green Bay Diocese will have Bishop Ricken greet the fans at the game and give an award to the MVP from last year’s Bishop’s Charities Game, Punter Tim Masthay.
• On the television
- Flagshipped by Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV and in conjunction with WGBA-TV in Green Bay, the game will be televised over the 14-station Packers TV Network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, northeastern Minnesota, the Quad Cities, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo in Iowa, Omaha in Nebraska and Honolulu in Hawaii.
- The top-notch broadcast 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. An informative half-hour pregame show prior to the game, hosted by Lance Allan of WTMJ-TV, will feature former Packers tackle Mark Tauscher.
- In addition to WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee) and WGBA-TV (Green Bay), three preseason games will be televised over WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire, Wis.; WLUC/NBC, Escanaba/Marquette, Mich.; KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth/Superior, Minn.; KLJB-TV/FOX and KGCW/CW, Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities); KCWI-TV/CW, Des Moines, Iowa; KWWL-TV, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa; KMTV-TV/CBS, Omaha, Neb.; and KFVE-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii.
- In its third season, in conjunction with the Packers TV Network, Telemundo Wisconsin (WYTU-TV in Milwaukee and on Charter Cable elsewhere in Wisconsin) will broadcast three preseason games with Kevin Holden (play-by-play) and Epigmenio (Epi) Guerrero (analyst) calling the action.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 20th season calling Packers’ games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 16th season of broadcasts together.
• On the Radio
LAMBEAU FIELD WEATHER FORECAST
- Oneida St will be closed for vehicular traffic from Lombardi Ave to Potts Ave from 4 hours prior to kick-off until 2 hours after the conclusion of the game. Armed Forces Dr will also be closed at Oneida St during this time.
- All other streets surrounding Lambeau Field will operate as intended prior to the game until kick-off.
During the game:
- In addition to the Oneida St. closure, Lombardi Ave will be closed from Ridge Rd to Oneida St. at kick-off. To access the parking lot after kick-off, you must show the officer at that intersection your parking pass and he will allow you to proceed to your designated lot.
- Potts Ave will become one way eastbound from Oneida St to Ashland Ave.
- Oneida St will become one way northbound from Lombardi Ave to W. Mason St.
- Ridge Rd will become one way northbound from Valley View Rd. to W. Mason St
- Ridge Rd Will also become one way southbound from Valley View Rd to Cormier St
- Motorists are strongly encouraged to use Ashland Ave southbound to US41 south, to avoid the US41 construction project.
Use the following directions to reach Lambeau Field on game day.
Highway Construction In Progress around Green Bay:
- A handful of highway construction projects are in progress around the Green Bay area. For up-to-date information, please refer to theWisconsin Department of Transportation‘s website.
Packers Travel Advisory
(Green Bay) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region Office is reminding motorists heading to Lambeau Field on Friday, August 22 for the Green Bay Packers/Oakland Raider football game that US 41 and adjacent roadways from Oneida St. north to Suamico are under construction. The US 41/WIS 172 interchange could experience significant backups on both north and south US 41 and east and west WIS 172. Closures, orange barrels, narrow lanes, soft shoulders and increased volume from Friday commuter and recreational traffic in addition to game day traffic WILL affect game day travel. Due to all the construction, Ashland Avenue through De Pere and Ashwaubenon will also experience increased traffic congestion as additional motorists use this as an alternate route.
WisDOT strongly recommends motorists allow themselves additional time to reach their destinations and check WisDOT’s 511 website. Additionally, motorists are advised to remain alert and plan on exercising patience as they drive through the Green Bay area.
Here is a list of the major roads in northeast Wisconsin most Packers fans will be traveling as they head for the game and the road conditions they should anticipate:
US 41 and WIS 172 Interchange: Motorists should expect heavy congestion and potential long delays at this interchange between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday afternoon and evening. Motorists should strongly consider avoiding this interchange area and utilize alternate routes if possible.
US 41: All construction on US 41 will cease on Packer game day, although barrier walls and orange barrels will be present in various locations
- Brown County: Drivers will encounter 11-foot travel lanes and reduced shoulders in multiple locations along a 10-mile segment of highway. The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph from just south of Grant Street to Lineville Road. Temporary barrier wall at various locations will cause traffic to slow.
- Lineville Interchange Closed: All 4 US 41 ramps at Lineville are closed, Lineville Road is closed between Brookfield Road and County J, West Deerfield is closed at Lineville and NB & SB traffic on East Deerfield will be maintained across Lineville road during the 60-day closure for access to local businesses. Use County B and Velp interchanges for access to and from US 41.
- Brown County: Eastbound WIS 172 to northbound US 41 ramp is closed for reconstruction. Eastbound WIS 172 traffic wanting to exit to northbound US 41 will continue east on WIS 172 and take the Oneida Street/Ashland Avenue exit which ends at Vanderperren Way; take Vanderperren Way west to Holmgren Way, follow Holmgren Way north to Pilgrim Way and take Pilgrim Way east to westbound WIS 172 on-ramp to northbound US 41.
- Brown County: The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph on I-43 between Atkinson Drive and US 41.
- Brown County: WIS 29/Shawano Ave between Packerland Drive and Taylor Street is closed for reconstruction; this includes both US 41 SB exit and entrance ramps and the US 41 northbound entrance ramp at Shawano Ave.
- The US 41 northbound exit ramp at Shawano Ave is open to the WIS 29 Eastbound movement only.
- WIS 29 westbound is detoured south on Military Ave to Mason Street, Mason west to US 41 and US 41 north to WIS 29.
- WIS 29 eastbound is detoured south on US 41 to WIS 172, WIS 172 east to I43, and I43 south to WIS 29.
- Access to and from US 41 via the new free-flow interchange ramps will be available.
WIS 41– Winnebago County
- US 41 has reduced speed to 55 mph northbound from County II to County BB in Winnebago County. There are still three lanes open to traffic in each direction.
WIS 32/57 – Calumet County
- The intersection of USH 10 and WIS 32/57 in Forest Junctions will be closed to traffic during Friday’s Packer game. The WIS 32/57 detour route follows WIS32/57 to County HR to US 10 to County PP to County K to WIS 32/57.
Travelers should allow extra time and can check online for real-time traffic information, including travel times, lane closures and incidents, at Wisconsin 511 online (www.511wi.gov) or by calling 511 on a phone.
A Christian recording artist from Grand Rapids, MI, Amanda Vernon, joins us as she plays the keyboard and sings our National Anthem.
The Lambeau Field parking lot opens four hours prior to kickoff. With the exception of a limited number of first come, first served parking for people with disabilities, the entire stadium lot is sold out to holders of season parking passes. Reserved season parking customers must enter the lot at the entrance indicated on their parking pass and follow the directions given by the parking attendants. All vehicles must fit into a 9’x18’ parking stall. No busses, R.V.’s or oversized vehicles are allowed in the Lambeau Field lot. For information on season parking, or to be added to the waiting list for season parking passes in the Lambeau Field lot, please contact the Packers Ticket Office at (920) 569-7501. Also see Tailgating Info.
A number of parking lots close to Lambeau Field are also available for those who wish to reserve spaces for their cars, recreational vehicles, or busses, on an individual game basis. For information on obtaining individual game reserved parking in an outlying lot, please contact:
Game-Day Parking Information
P.O. Box 10567
Green Bay, WI 54307-0567
In addition to the reserved parking options listed above, free parking is available on many residential streets within walking distance of the stadium, and many private property owners in the vicinity offer parking for a fee.
PRE-KICKOFF EXIT & RE-ENTRY POLICY
There is no longer an exit and re-entry program at Lambeau Field before kickoff or at any time during the game. If a ticketed guest decides to exit the stadium after their ticket has been scanned, they will NOT be granted re-entry with the same ticket.
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