Wisconsin is home to 459 high school football programs, and a large number of those teams are within 70 miles of Lambeau Field. Many of those schools have scheduled home games for that night. Last preseason, the Packers were criticized for hosting the New England Patriots on a Friday night (Aug. 26), the opening of the high school football season.
The Titans and Packers had previously agreed to a 7 p.m. game Aug. 31. Because the game fell only 72 hours after the Packers' Monday night game at Cincinnati, Aug. 28 on ESPN, the NFL requested the date be moved back.
After the league asked for the change, the Packers chose the time it felt was best for the community given the proximity to Labor Day and the high school conflicts, according to a press release by the team. The organization wanted to communicate the new kickoff time three and-a-half months before the contest to give fans as much time to adjust as possible.
Sat., Aug. 12, at San Diego Chargers, 9 p.m. (CT)
Sat., Aug. 19, ATLANTA FALCONS (Gold Pkg.), (Midwest Shrine Game), 7 p.m. (CT)
Mon., Aug. 28, at Cincinnati Bengals, 7 p.m. (CT)
Fri., Sept. 1, TENNESSEE TITANS, (Bishop's Charities Game), 3 p.m. (CT)