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Green Bay Packers Game Mean Some Event Changes

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courtesy of FOX 11
courtesy of FOX 11

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WTAQ) - Some area events are changing their plans to accommodate the Green Bay Packers Saturday night playoff game. 

One that won't however is St. Norbert College's men's hockey game.

"We contacted the managers of the ice rink (Cornerstone Community Center) because it's not our ice rink, we just rent the time out there," says St. Norbert College Director of Athletics Tim Bald. "Basically it was just impossible to make all the things work, there's a 14-team tournament out there, there's other games going on."

Bald is concerned that fewer people rooting on the Green Knights when they face UW-Eau Claire at 7 p.m.

However, UW-Green Bay's men's basketball game at the Resch Center will now be played at 11 a.m.

“When you’re right next door to 1265, you learn to punt once in a while,” Terry Charles with PMI, which books events for the Resch Center, told FOX 11.

UWGB called the Resch a week ago, warning them they would likely need to change the start time if the Packers advanced in the playoffs.

“The biggest thing for us is staffing,” said Charles. “From car parkers to ushers, to food and beverage workers, it pretty much runs the gamete, so it's not going to be a major issue, but it certainly gets us working.”

“Obviously if there's ever a good reason to have to change a game time, this is a pretty good reason to have to change it,” Ken Bothof, UWGB’s athletic director, told FOX 11.

The game will tip at 11 a.m. because of a women’s basketball game at 2 p.m. at the Kress Events Center.

“We tried to make sure there was enough time in between,” said Bothof. “We have a small staff and so we needed to make sure there was enough time in between games.”

The Packers didn't just alter the athletics world. Gandrud Auto Group moved up dinner time for its holiday party at the Ravine, so all eyes can be on the game for kickoff.

“It's great we have the resources,” said John Van Rite with The Ravine. “We got a lot of TVs, flat screen TVs we're going to be bringing in. Also we are going to be bringing in a big projection screen.”

“We have 264 people coming to the party and so everybody is still planning to come,” said Verchelle Dehn with Gandrud. “We've told them green and gold is the appropriate attire for the game.”

A Packers game has crashed Gandrud's holiday party once before. That was during a Super Bowl run.

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