Packers Fan Fest scaled back to two days

Annual event in Lambeau Field Atrium set for March 9-10

The Green Bay Packers are giving their fans two days, instead of three, to get up close and personal with their favorite players and coaches during Fan Fest in March.

The Packers announced today that the third annual event is scheduled for March 9-10 in the Lambeau Field Atrium. The event was three days in the past two years, but reduced to two this year.

The Packers, in a release, said the new format was developed from attendee feedback and internal review, allowing greater flexibility for local fans planning the weekend and for out-of-town guests making travel arrangements.

"Each of the past two years we've reviewed the event and have looked for ways to improve the experience," said Packers President/COO John Jones. "By making this change, we can offer the same number of activities and attractions in a fun-filled two days. Fan Fest has become an eagerly anticipated event for our fans and with some of the changes we've made, we anticipate this year's edition to be another enjoyable gathering."

Fan Fest on March 9 will be from 3 to 10 p.m., with a kickoff event at 4 p.m. On March 10, Fan Fest will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Packers will begin the event by allowing fans to tour the team's locker room. Last July before the team's shareholders' meeting, the Packers opened the locker room to the public for the first time, and thousands of fans filed through. Fan Fest also includes autograph sessions and question and answer sessions.

The event sold out in each of the past two seasons. The Packers limited the number of tickets to 3,000, but will sell 3,500 this year at $75 each, the same price as last year, for the two-day event.

Tickets again will be distributed via a random drawing to allow all fans an equal chance to obtain them. Fans interested in entering the drawing are required to submit an application with payment, a process that can be completed online at www.packers.com. Fans without internet access can obtain an application from the Packers' ticket office, either in person or by calling (920) 569-7501.

Entries will be limited to one per household with winners allowed to purchase a maximum of six tickets. The application process begins today, Jan. 8, and ends Jan. 26, with online, in-person and faxed entries due by 5 p.m. Mailed entries must be postmarked by Jan. 26.

Selected applicants will have their payments processed and tickets mailed by Feb. 12; no refunds will be offered for those selected. Applicants not selected will have a notification letter and returned payment mailed by Feb. 12.

Early entry does not increase the chance of selection, the Packers said. Applying for tickets does not guarantee receiving tickets. Odds of being selected are dependent on the number of applications submitted.

The ticket includes, in addition to entrance to the two-day event, admission to the Packers Hall of Fame and a tour through the Packers locker room. Children 3-and-under enter free and do not require a ticket. Parking for the event is free.

Fan Fest partners include Goodwill Industries. A portion of Fan Fest proceeds will go to charity through the Green Bay Packers Foundation.


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