Fans are reminded that the start time of Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions has been changed to 3:25 p.m. CST as part of NFL flexible scheduling.
Sunday’s game, the final regular-season game of the season, is also the official Fan Appreciation Game, with extra game giveaways and special promotions to thank the fans for their support during the season. Some of these giveaways will include a Bose Speaker, Kohl’s Gift Cards, Packers jerseys, and an Ariens Sno-thro.
In addition, fans watching Sunday’s game will be a part of Get Loud, Lambeau, a new program aimed at creating a loud, competitive atmosphere at Lambeau Field. New video board graphics, music and announcements will help fans to stand up and get loud in order to energize players and coaches during appropriate moments at the game.
Prior to kickoff, the Packers will recognize Bruce Larson, the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association/Green Bay Packers High School Coach of the Year, from the field. Larson recently completed his 16th season as the head coach of the Somerset High School football program. The Spartans finished the 2014 season with a perfect 14-0 record, capped off by a 28-16 victory over Little Chute High School in the WIAA Division 4 State Championship at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Nov. 20. Larson will be awarded a $2,000 grant for the Somerset High School football program, and will be honored at the WFCA All-State Banquet on Jan. 25 in the Lambeau Field Atrium.
Also during pregame, representatives of the Packers and Humana will recognize this year’s 10 Community Quarterback Award recipients. Each recipient received a $4,000 grant in recognition of their extensive volunteer work that is given to the nonprofit group for which they volunteer. The recipients were also given two tickets each to the game.
During the first half, Brian Newell of Greenfield, Wis., the winner of the Ultimate Leap sweepstakes, will be performing the Lambeau Leap. Newell was selected by the Packers, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Pick ‘n Save from nine randomly selected sweepstakes finalists during an event at Lambeau Field on Dec. 16.
At halftime, Packers alum and Pro Football Hall of Famer Forrest Gregg will be honored in a ceremony in which he will be presented with a Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence. Gregg, who played right tackle and guard for the Packers from 1956-70 is one of five senior Hall of Famers receiving the ring this season.
Also at halftime, the UW Madhatters, an a capella group from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, will perform. They will perform again during the two-minute warning.
Two featured alumni are scheduled to make appearances throughout the weekend at various locations. Mike Flanagan and Marco Rivera will be taking part in fan activities at the Packers Pro Shop, Tundra Tailgate Zone and Legends Club leading up to kickoff.
In addition, the Packers and WPS Health Insurance will be recognizing U.S. Army Special Forces Officer Paul Ross through Operation Fan Mail on-field prior to the national anthem. Country recording artist Jackie Lee will sing the national anthem.
Also taking place Sunday is the premier gameday tailgate party in the Tundra Tailgate Zone (TTZ), which will open at 11:25 a.m., along with the Lambeau Field Parking lot. The TTZ will feature the band Nashville Pipeline, as well Packers alum Mike Flanagan, who will be signing autographs from 1:45 until 2:45 p.m.
The Lambeau Field Atrium and guest services desk will open at 11 a.m. for ticketed guests only. Gates to the seating areas will open at 1:25 p.m. For a full list of gameday information, please visit packers.com/gameday/gameday-information.html.