Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Packers Announce "Game Features" for 2016

Last night, the Packers released a schedule of special game events for the upcoming season, including some information on special uniforms.

Packers to honor Favre with halftime ceremony

Additional game features for 2016 also announced


The Packers today announced several game features for the upcoming season, including a halftime ceremony on Oct. 16 to honor Brett Favre for his Aug. 6 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction.

Favre, whose name will be unveiled on the Lambeau Field stadium fa├žade next to fellow Pro Football Hall of Famers, will be recognized on the field at halftime of the Packers-Cowboys game.

At the same contest, the Packers will wear their historic third jersey, a re-creation of the team’s 1937-48 uniform that debuted as the third jersey during the 2015 season. The jersey, navy blue and gold with a gold yoke across the shoulders, pays tribute to a special time in Packers history in which the club won two of their record 13 NFL championships.

The NFL’s third jersey program permits teams to have a third jersey that they can wear for up to three games per season (no more than two home games) over a five-year period.

The Oct. 16 game will also feature the annual Coats for Kids collection prior to kickoff. Fans attending the game will have the opportunity to donate new and gently used winter coats for distribution to needy children through area Salvation Army units.

As was previously announced, the Packers will debut their color rush jerseys during the Oct. 20, Thursday night game against the Chicago Bears. That game will also feature the annual Verizon HopeLine collection, which collects no-longer-used wireless devices from fans to support domestic violence prevention efforts and assist domestic violence survivors.

Additional game features planned for the upcoming season include welcoming many Packers alumni back to Lambeau Field during the alumni homecoming game, set for the Sunday, Sept. 25, home opener. That Packers-Lions matchup also will feature the 30th Annual Packers Women’s Association Food Drive, which will collect non-perishable food items and cash donations prior to the game to benefit Paul’s Pantry.

The annual breast cancer awareness game will take place Oct. 9, when the Packers take on the New York Giants, and the Nov. 6 game will honor the military in the annual Salute to Service game, when the Packers face the Indianapolis Colts. The Sunday, Dec. 4, game, when the Packers host the Houston Texans, will feature the annual Toys for Tots collection, giving fans the opportunity to donate new, unwrapped toys to needy children in the area through the U.S. Marine Corps.

The final home game of the regular season, the Christmas Eve noon Packers-Vikings matchup, will thank Packers fans for their support as the team celebrates the annual Fan Appreciation game.

More information about each game’s theme and features will be announced as the games approach.
So not only do we know the Packers will wear their throwbacks on October 16th against the Cowboys, but they have confirmed the details of the NFL's third jersey program: up to three times a year (twice at home), each design remains their sole standard alternate for five seasons.

Also new is the date for their Color Rush uniforms. Thursday night, October 30, against Chicago. No timeline yet for unveiling the design.

Thanks to reader Tory Swanson for the heads-up!

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