GREEN BAY - The Packers say they've always asked fans to keep tailgating in the Lambeau lots within reason, but now they are putting a distance on it.
“This year we just sent out a few reminders to simply ask them to stay within six feet of the end of their vehicles,” said Aaron Popkey, a spokesperson for the Packers.
“Clearly we do not know these rules because we all kind of spread ourselves out a little bit,” said Ashley Hensley of Milwaukee.
The Packers say the new distance is to leave room for vehicles and foot traffic.
“We'd like everyone to treat it like if their relative were to have a heart attack that we would be able to get to them in a timely manner to render aide,” said Captain Joe Gabe with the Green Bay Fire Department.
While some fans say the rules are fair, others say the Packers have gone too far.
“We never had an issue prior,” said Mary Merts of Milwaukee. “If an emergency happened, people move their stuff out of the way without an issue, but when they start walking through with a tape measure saying your too far out...They made the people behind us move their stuff because they were outside six inches outside their increment.”
“At this point it's more of an educational, information for the fans and we'll slowly work on it over the year,” said Gabe.
“I think this year we got specific with the six feet just to try and make a more emphatic point about keeping the space in a defined area,” said Popkey.
“If they want to restrict us, then they should lower the cost of what they're charging us to be in this lot,” said Merts.
While the Packers say they've never had an issue in the past, they hope the new rule can prevent one from happening in the future.
The Packers say the new rule was sent in a letter to parking pass holders before the pre season started.
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