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'Family Night' scrimmage returns

So long, construction equipment. Hello, again, "Packers Family Night" scrimmage.<p>

The Green Bay Packers on Tuesday announced that the popular event is back after a two-year, Lambeau Field renovation-related break.

Tickets for the Saturday, Aug. 7, scrimmage are $8 and go on sale Saturday, June 5.

Players hit the field at 6 p.m. for stretching, warmups and 7-on-7 drills, with the main event — the intrasquad scrimmage — beginning at 7 p.m. The glorified practice session is followed by the opportunity for some lucky fans to ask questions to head coach/general manager Mike Sherman and several players.

Afterward, about 20 sweaty jerseys will be given away via the "Shirt Off Our Back" random drawing. A fireworks show completes the evening.

"This training camp, we look forward to welcoming back the NFL's greatest fans for a great evening of Packers football," Packers president Bob Harlan said in a news release. "Fan families once again can schedule their summer visit to Green Bay to coincide with Family Night. We had a tremendous turnout the first three years and anticipate we'll pick up right where we left off."

Attendance in the first year of the event, 1999, was 46,420, followed by 50,240 fans in 2000 and 48,898 in 2001. The scrimmage was not held the previous two years because of the Lambeau renovation project.

In addition to the ticket price, there will be a $5 charge to park, with proceeds going to the Green Bay Packers Foundation for distribution to area and state charities.

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