After 10 days, Family Night tickets remain

The broader question is: Is it because of Favre's retirement? Or for more practical reasons, such as the event being held on a Sunday night?

Maybe it's the economy, or maybe it's the gas prices. Quite possibly, it's because many fans will have to go to work the next morning. Or, perhaps, it's an early referendum on Life After Brett.

Whatever the reason, about 6,000 tickets remain for the annual Family Night Scrimmage. Last year, tickets were sold out after just four days; tickets this year went on sale on June 14.

Obviously, the Packers can't afford to see their popularity lag much in this post Brett Favre era. Not with money matters at the forefront of the sport more and more every year, and certainly not with the possibility the salary cap will disappear for 2010 (and maybe beyond) because of labor unrest.

Of course, there's no threat of Lambeau Field not selling out without Favre. And there's no sign sales at the Pro Shop are decreasing, though that will be worth keeping an eye on this year. Still, chances are Favre's retirement will affect the team's popularity at least a little bit.

Maybe that's being seen in Family Night ticket sales.

This year's scrimmage will be held on Sunday, Aug. 3. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m., with drills at 6:30 p.m. and the scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. Afterward, there will be a jersey giveaway and fireworks.

Tickets are $8 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling Ticketmaster toll-free at (866) 448-7849. Tickets also are available at the Lambeau Field ticket office or online at

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