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– Train­ing camp is se­ri­ous work for play­ers and coaches, but it’s a month-long party for Pack­ers fans, and more so this year as the team con­tin­ues its cel­e­bra­tion of 100 sea­sons of pro­fes­sional foot­ball.

Train­ing camp nor­mally draws 90,000 peo­ple from around the world, so it gets pretty busy for the four weeks of camp, es­pe­cially at the begin­ning. It could draw more vis­i­tors this year be­cause of the Pack­ers Ex­pe­ri­ence event dur­ing the first four days of camp.

Changes in NFL rules mean fans don’t get to see as many prac­tices as in past years, but the Pack­ers and the com­mu­nity of­fer plenty of other ac­tiv­i­ties to fill the days.

Here are things you want to know if you are com­ing to Green Bay Pack­ers train­ing camp:


Train­ing camp in­cludes 15 pub­lic prac­tices be­tween July 26 and Aug. 27, weather per­mit­ting. All are sched­uled to start be­tween 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., ex­cept for Fam­ily Night, Aug. 4, which is at 7:30 p.m. and re­quires tick­ets. Some tick­ets re­main, but Fam­ily Night typ­i­cally is a sell­out.


Prac­tices will be at Ray Nitschke Field. Seat­ing is free for about 1,500 seats. There is stand­ing room at each end of the field as well. Gates open 90 min­utes be­fore prac­tice.


Out­door prac­tices are sub­ject to weather, but pre­cip­i­ta­tion won’t nec­es­sar­ily drive them in-

side. Um­brel­las are not al­lowed in the bleach­ers at Ray Nitschke Field, so if it looks like rain, bring a pon­cho.


Pack­ers play­ers ride chil­dren’s bi­cy­cles from Lam­beau Field to Nitschke Field be­fore prac­tices. Kids and their bikes gather about an hour be­fore prac­tice at the Amer­i­can Fam­ily In­surance DreamDrive area on the east side of Lam­beau Field.


The four-day in­ter­ac­tive fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing the Pack­ers’ 100 sea­sons of foot­ball, be­gins on the morn­ing of July 26 in the Lam­beau Field park­ing lots. It in­cludes fam­ily-themed events for all ages. Pack­ers Ex­pe­ri­ence will take up most of the paved park­ing lots north and north­east of Lam­beau Field for the first four days of train­ing camp. Park­ing will be avail­able on the west­ern to south­east­ern side of the sta­dium.


This is the first year the Pack­ers’ Title­town District will be open dur­ing train­ing camp. Lo­cated west of Lam­beau Field, it in­cludes three play­grounds for kids, a foot­ball field, a cafe and as­sorted games for kids and adults. All free. Also in the Title­town District is Hin­ter­land Brew­ery and Lodger Kohler, which each have restau­rants.


Lam­beau Field sta­dium tours of­ten sell out dur­ing train­ing camp. Tours can be pur­chased in ad­vance on­line. Tick­ets can be pur­chased in per­son for that day at the Pack­ers Hall of Fame in Lam­beau Field. It is ad­vised to buy tick­ets early in the day.

If you tire of foot­ball, there are many other fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties in the Green Bay area, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Rail­road Mu­seum, Bay Beach Amuse­ment Park, NEW Zoo and Ad­ven­ture Park, Green Bay Botan­i­cal Gar­den, Her­itage Hill State Park, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary and more.

Speak­ing of other things to do, Ex­per­i­men­tal Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual fly-in is sched­uled through July 29 in Oshkosh, 53 miles south of Lam­beau Field. Lamers Bus Lines will pro­vide a $25 round-trip shut­tle ser­vice be­tween Lam­beau and EAA. The Pack­ers’ Lam­beau Field Live ex­hibit will be at EAA, and EAA will pro­vide fly­overs for the share­hold­ers meet­ing on July 25 and the open­ing of Pack­ers Ex­pe­ri­ence on July 26.

Other train­ing camp events and ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude:

❚ Bellin Health foot­ball com­bine-style drills for fans, be­fore prac­tices July 30-Aug.7

❚ Chevy Pack­ers Dis­play July 28-Aug. 3

❚ Bellin Health bike rodeo on Aug. 6. Chil­dren are fit­ted with bike hel­mets and ride their bikes through a safety course. Chil­dren are en­cour­aged to bring their bi­cy­cles.

❚ Sea­grave 1926 an­tique pumper on Aug. 12

❚ Chili’s and Wendy’s in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties Aug. 13

❚ Wis­con­sin Cran­berry As­so­ci­a­tion pro­vid­ing juice and cran­berry sam­ples on Aug. 20


Pack­ers re­ceiver Da­vante Adams rides a bike of a young fan to Pack­ers train­ing camp last sea­son. Pub­lic prac­tices be­gin July 26.


Prac­tices draw about 90,000 vis­i­tors over the four weeks of camp and even more of a crowd is ex­pected this sea­son due to the Pack­ers Ex­pe­ri­ence event.

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