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Lambeau Field ejections down 10 percent this year

  • Associated Press
  • January 26, 2014 - 5:50 PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Police removed 308 fans from Lambeau Field this season, a 10 percent decrease from last year, despite stadium expansions that added about 7,600 seats.

The 308 ejections came during this season's eight regular-season home games and one playoff game. That's down from the 344 removed during the nine games of the previous season, Press-Gazette Media reported (http://gbpg.net/1jz1Cfo ).

The totals, which don't include preseason games, represent just a tiny fraction of the typical game-day crowds of about 78,000.

Police had their hands full during games against Pittsburgh and division rival Chicago but especially against San Francisco in the playoffs this month. Officers ejected more than 50 people at each of those games.

The 59 ejections from the 49ers game was the fifth-most in a decade. The first ejection took place about two hours before kickoff, but things got busy when a wind chill below zero degrees coupled with hours of drinking took its toll on some fans.

"It's usually not too bad, but that Sunday it got to the point where officers had trouble getting on the radio because there was so much traffic on it," Green Bay police Capt. Paul Ebel said.

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