If you're anything like me, you were worried that with the Packers kicking off their season at 7:30 p.m. local time, and kids not getting out of school until maybe 3:00, the local school children wouldn't have time to throw down a few bratwursts and a sixer of Capri-Sun before kickoff.
Worry no more. Kids in Green Bay are getting out of school that day really, really early (and I'm just kidding about the tailgating; it's for entirely practical reasons). From Vinnie Iyer at The Sporting News:
ABC affiliate WBAY-TV in Green Bay reports Wisconsin's Ashwaubenon school district is scheduling a half-day session for the Packers' prime-time opener. According to the report, the intention is "to help get the students to their homes safely" before the crowds and media pile up on the town of 104,057 for all the Packers-Saints festivities.
Kindergarteners and elementary schoolers will have a little extra time to prepare for their pregame tailgate, getting out at 11 a.m. CT. Middle and high schoolers will need to wait a whole half-hour later, 11:30 a.m. That's still a good eight hours before the 7:30 p.m. CT start.
Yeah, if school is letting out at 3:00, and the game's in just a few hours, you'll have parents and school buses fighting gameday traffic, and that's not good for anybody. And Green Bay's not like some places, where the stadium is kind of out of the way away from the city. Lambeau pretty much sits right in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
Besides, the rumor going around town is that Kid Rock is performing at the pregame NFL Kickoff Concert. What do you want to do, deny students and teachers a chance to see Kid Rock perform? What kind of an animal are you?
Gracias, Sportress of Blogitude.