The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.
Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.
The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.
General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood.
One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.
Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:
Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.
The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.
The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.
The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.
The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.
The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players. Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic.
Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:
The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.
The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.
Deadline to register:
To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.
The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.
Ride Day Schedule
More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/
Packers Game Day on the Packers Radio Network
Be a part of the show: After all home games, Packers OT Postgame originates from Curly's Pub in the Lambeau Field Atrium. Fans not attending the game can enter the Lambeau Field Atrium 45 minutes after the completion of the contest to enjoy the show, which includes a Packers player as a guest.
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Wayne Larrivee and Larry McCarren enter their 15th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network in 2013. Though both are veteran broadcasters, the two were paired for the first time in 1999 to bring the color and excitement of Green Bay Packers football to fans throughout Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and four more-distant states.
Larrivee, who grew up as a fan of the Packers in his native Lee, Mass., enters his 36th consecutive year broadcasting NFL games, having joined Green Bay’s broadcast team after 14 seasons as the radio voice of the Chicago Bears (1985-98) on WGN and WMAQ Radio in Chicago. Earlier, he had done play-by-play of Kansas City Chiefs games for seven years (1978-84) on KCMO Radio in Kansas City. Known for his thorough preparation and his moderated, yet enthusiastic, call of the action, Larrivee’s more-recent credits also include play-by-play for Big Ten Conference football and basketball for the Big Ten Network and NCAA basketball for Dial Global.
Highly decorated, the 58-year-old Larrivee was named Illinois Sportscaster of the Year in 1997 and is a seven-time winner of the Silver Dome Award, presented by the Illinois Broadcasters Association, for best radio football play-by-play. He is also a four-time winner of a Midwest Emmy for Chicago Bulls basketball play-by-play. In May 2011, he was honored as Communicator of the Year by the Wisconsin Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
A 1977 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, he received the school’s Alumni Achievement Award in June 2005. This year, the college appointed him to the Alumni Association board of directors. Larrivee also has done play-by-play of Chicago Bulls basketball on WGN-TV from 1991-2008, Chicago Cubs baseball, University of Iowa football, Quad Cities (Iowa) Angels minor league baseball, University of Missouri basketball and Kansas City Kings basketball games.
McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995, working his first four seasons with Jim Irwin and Max McGee. Inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1992, he also is a favorite among television viewers in northeast Wisconsin. He is in his 25th year in Green Bay televsion and is currently the sports director with WGBA-TV. McCarren has four times been voted Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year (1994, 1996, 2002, 2007) by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
An iron man at center for the Packers for 12 seasons (1973-84), McCarren played in 162 consecutive games – the fourth-longest streak in team history – helping him earn the nickname “Rock.” He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1982 and ’83. Earlier, he had been a co-captain at the University of Illinois as both a junior and senior. McCarren, 60, originally is from Park Forest, Ill.
Radio station WTMJ, which has been broadcasting the team’s games since November 1929, continues its long-standing role as the flagship station of the Packers Radio Network.
The Packers Radio Network is made up of 50 stations in six states.