Packers vs. Bears gameday: Tailgating events, broadcast information and bar band lineups
It’s the first night game of the 2013 regular season at Lambeau Field on Monday, as the Packers welcome in their old friends from Chicago – though, sadly, not Jay Cutler – for some prime-time festivities. Here’s what’s going on in and around the stadium if you’re planning on cutting out of work early. (Which of course is something you should do.)
Kickoff: 7:40 p.m. CT
Radio: WIXX 101.1 FM (Green Bay area); WTMJ 620 AM (Milwaukee); WestwoodOne Sports nationwide.
TV: ESPN (nationally); the game will also be simulcast on ABC Ch. 2 (WBAY) in Green Bay and ABC Ch. 12 (WISN) in Milwaukee.
Announcers: Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters.
Gameday events at Lambeau (all information courtesy Packers.com):
In accordance with their four hours before kickoff policy, the Lambeau Field parking lot will open at 3:40 p.m. The Tundra Tailgate Zone, open to all fans with or without tickets, also opens at 3:40.
Most everything else, from the Lambeau Field Atrium to Curly’s Pub to the Packers Pro Shop and Hall of Fame, open at noon on Monday. Gates to the stadium open at 5:40 p.m.
A few selected fan walkway activities (located from Oneida Street to the Oneida Nation Gate on the east side of Lambeau): Chevy will have vehicles on display and giveaways for fans, FABCO CAT also has equipment on display and photo opportunities, Kohl’s has sign-making materials available, the Packers Pro Shop has a special selection merchandise, American Family Insurance allows you to enter to win a $100 gift card to the Packers Pro Shop, State Farm Insurance allows fans to “Double Check” their ticket for prizes, McDonalds is offering samples of hot chocolate, and Xbox is hosting a sneak peak preview of the new Xbox One Entertainment system.
Special for this week: the Packers and Verizon Wireless are hosting the Verizon Hopeline Collection, and will be accepting donations of no-longer-in-use cell phones and cell phone accessories – from any provider – to give to victims of domestic violence. Collections will be available at every Lambeau Field entrance beginning at 5:30 p.m. until kickoff. Verizon Wireless is also donating $10 to Green Bay’s House of Hope for each phone collected.
Additionally, in celebration of the upcoming release of “Man of Steel,” as well as the 75th anniversary of Superman, Warner Bros., Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment will have eight original Superman costumes on display in the Lambeau Field Atrium on Nov. 4 and 5.
Giveaway item: Nothing this week.
The National Anthem will be performed by John Vincent who, we are assuming, is this man.
There will be no flyover.
As usual, halftime features a Culver’s Quarterback Challenge between two fans. Additionally, Sideswipe – Extreme Martial Arts Entertainment will perform a combination of Martial Arts and dance moves. They were featured on America’s Got Talent.
Area bar entertainment:
Stadium View Bar & Grille: Rock band Boxkar plays at 3 p.m.
Anduzzi’s: WAPL’s Rockin’ Apple Tailgate Party starts 3 ½ hours before kickoff and, for $20, offers all-you-can-eat food and all-you-can-drink Miller Lite. Space is limited and tickets must be purchased at WAPL.com. Cover band Star Six Nine performs at 3:30 p.m.
The Bar (Holmgren Way): Rock band Hank’s Kaboose starts at 3:30 p.m.
Kroll’s West: “Everything” band Boogie and the Yo-yo’z starts at 4 o’clock in the parking lot.
Let us know, in the comments or through our Facebook page, of other bar specials and/or bands state-wide we should include in future weeks.