The Packers and Vikings are set to square off in the late game during Wildcard Saturday. And what comes with playing in the late game on Wildcard Saturday? Lots of drunken fans that have been drinking and tailgating outside the stadium essentially all day.
In attempt to “keep fans in line” and ensuring drunken fans don’t become even more drunken, Green Bay Packers management has decided to shut down alcohol sales upon the start of the second half of Sunday’s Wildcard game against the Vikings. Which is earlier than the usual end of the third quarter cutoff.
Management points to a convergence of circumstances for the moves: It’s Saturday night, it’s the playoffs and the Vikings are a North Division rival.
“Night games previously have presented us with more challenges than normal with regard to inappropriate behavior,” Lambeau security chief Doug Collins said in a statement announcing the intensified measures. “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.”
Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway urged fans to show up, “super-duper drunk” to crucial regular season game against the Bears earlier this season. And we have a hunch that many Packers will show up that way on Sunday.