A Saturday night playoff game against a heated rival has Green Bay Packers leaders taking extra steps to make sure fans behave themselves.
The organization says alcohol sales during Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field will be cut off at the beginning of the third quarter. Normally, alcohol is sold through the end of the third quarter.
Team officials also promise police and security workers will be extra vigilant during the game.
“Night games previously have presented us with more challenges than normal with regard to inappropriate behavior,” Doug Collins, the Packers’ director of corporate security and risk management, said in a news release. “We are asking fans to enjoy the game responsibly and also help us out by reporting poor conduct to stadium and law enforcement personnel, either in person, or by text at the number posted in the stadium.”
After the Packers’ game against the Vikings last month, a Minnesota man was charged with disorderly conduct during a post-game fight in a parking lot near the stadium. According to the criminal complaint, a group of Packers and Vikings fans were "exchanging words" when a man tried to calm the two groups down. Police say 40-year-old Mark Swanson then hit the man. The other man involved in the dispute, Shawn Hrubesky from Green Bay, was arrested at the scene accused of disorderly conduct.
The Packers have created a fan code of conduct to guide behavior at the stadium.
The team also reminds fans to arrive early, as enhanced security measures are still in place. Fans can move through the gates faster by bringing only the essentials to the game, lessening screening time.