The Green Bay Packers are continuing an annual tradition in 2019, but with one slight twist. During the team’s first training camp with Matt LaFleur as its head coach, Family Night is returning, as expected. The annual event has been a practice inside Lambeau Field for several years, ever since former head coach Mike McCarthy switched to that format from a more formal scrimmage inside the stadium.
The change this year is that the event is taking place on a Friday night, rather than on a Saturday early in camp. This morning, the Packers officially announced the date for Family Night as Friday, August 2nd. The stadium will open at 5:30 PM local time, with the team coming out for practice at 7:30. In addition, the team announced ticketing details, with tickets costing $10 per person and going on sale on July 2nd.
Each of the last two Family Nights and five of the last six (going back to 2013) have taken place on Saturday nights. The one exception was in 2016, when the Packers held the event on a Sunday. That year was a particularly odd year for the team’s training camp, however, as they started a week early because of a scheduled preseason game with the Indianapolis Colts in the Hall of Fame Game. That game never took place because of issues with the field in Canton, Ohio. The last time that Family Night was scheduled for a Friday was in 2012.
There are a few possible reasons for the scheduling of this year’s event. First, the Packers’ preseason opener will take place on a Thursday, and perhaps Matt LaFleur’s practice schedule will call for an off day on Saturday as they prepare for that game. Another possibility is that there are other events taking place during training camp that are yet to be announced.
In any case, mark July 2nd on your calendar as the date to order tickets and August 2nd as the date of the event.