GREEN BAY, Wis. - In an effort to limit rowdy fan behavior at the Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings playoff game Saturday night, alcohol sales at Lambeau Field will end at the start of the third quarter, which is earlier than the usual stoppage time after the third quarter.
"Night games previously have presented us with more challenges than normal with regard to inappropriate behavior," said Doug Collins, Packers director of corporate security. "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."
Traditionally, more fans are arrested and ejected during games that begin in the afternoon or night, Collins said. Games against divisional rivals and during the playoffs also seem to generate more misbehaving, and most troublemakers are under the influence of alcohol, he said. Many fans drink alcohol while tailgating, and Collins said he was concerned that some fans may drink too much during the game.
Officials had considered limiting alcohol sales and the decision was finalized Wednesday, according to the Packers. The change in alcohol sales is not the start of a new policy, but was put in place due to the factors in the upcoming game, Collins said.
"The vast majority of our fans - 99 percent - follow the code of conduct, and we appreciate that. Those that don't will be addressed so that others may continue to enjoy the game. We want to provide the best experience for everyone who attends," Collins.
The Packers organization is also reminding those who attend Saturday's game of the fan code of conduct, which prohibits foul language, obscene gestures, harassment and fighting.
Fans are also asked to arrived early to stadium gates due to due to enhanced security screenings that remain in place.
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