Green Bay Packers management, operating in a state that prides itself on making -- and drinking -- beer, said Thursday that it is turning off the taps earlier than usual for Saturday night's playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Alcohol sales at Lambeau Field will halt upon the second half's start, the team announced. That's earlier than the standard end of the third quarter.
The earlier last call also comes as the team cautions those heading to the game that security personnel "will be extra vigilent" during the game in keeping fans in line.
Management points to a convergence of circumstances for the moves: It's Saturday night, it's the playoffs and the Vikings are a North Division rival.
"Night games previously have presented us with more challenges than normal with regard to inappropriate behavior," Lambeau security chief Doug Collins said in a statement announcing the intensified measures. "We are asking fans to enjoy the game responsibly and also help us out by reporting poor conduct to stadium and law enforcement personnel, either in person, or by text at the number posted in the stadium."
After the Packers beat the visiting Vikings last month, a Twin Cities man got into a post-game fight in a parking lot near the stadium. Police said Mark Swanson, 40, of Lakeland, hit a man outside a sports bar. Swanson was charged with disorderly conduct.
More information on Lambeau's fan code of conduct can be found at bit.ly/WgsMaq.
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