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BREAKING: Packers not hosting fans for first two home games

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WAOW) -- The Green Bay Packers announced Thursday they won't be hosting fans at their first two home games at Lambeau Field this season.

The organization said Thursday the lack of fans will allow them to place its full focus on the game.

"Lambeau Field will not be the same without our fans' energetic support in the stands," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "Given the extraordinary circumstances this year and the additional protocols in place, though, we determined it was best to take incremental steps to start the regular season. These two games will allow us to focus our attention on safely conducting games inside the stadium with all necessary participants.

Murphy didn't rule out the possibility of having fans at some other point during the season.

"We are hopeful that we will be able to host fans for games later in the season, should conditions allow. We will continue to consult with community healthcare and public health officials on the pandemic conditions in our area. We ask our fans to continue to help by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing guidelines."

In conjunction with the games taking place without fans, all other public areas at Lambeau Field will be closed during home games, including parking lots and the Lambeau Field Atrium's attractions – Packers Pro Shop, Packers Hall of Fame and 1919 Kitchen and Tap. Titletown is expected to remain open to the public. However, no team-run gameday activities will be planned. Other Titletown businesses may host activities on gamedays.

If the team can transition to hosting fans for games later in the season, Season Ticket Holders who have opted in for the opportunity to purchase tickets this season will receive instructions about the ticket-purchasing process at a later date.

Brad Hanson

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