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Fans Encouraged To Come Early For Cardinals-Packers Game

Kickoff is at 5:20 Thursday at State Farm Stadium

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Please be advised of the following stadium reminders for the Cardinals-Packers game on "Thursday Night Football" at State Farm Stadium at 5:20 PM.

ARRIVE EARLY: Because kickoff against the Packers is at 5:20 PM on a weekday, fans are reminded to plan for increased traffic and are strongly encouraged to arrive early.

ROOF OPEN: The Cardinals plan to open the State Farm Stadium roof for the game.


Fans are reminded that all tickets and parking are digital. It is strongly encouraged that fans have their digital parking passes and tickets open and ready to be scanned before entry.

CARDINALS MOBILE APP: To download the free app or update to the newest version, please visit Fans who currently have the Cardinals mobile app are strongly encouraged to update to the latest version and turn on notifications in their settings to fully utilize updated ticketing enhancements as well as exclusive in-stadium options. Cardinals gameday information including the Kickoff Magazine, the digital gameday program, can be found by pressing the gameday button on the navigation menu.

DIGITAL TICKETING ASSISTANCE: A Digital Ticketing Assistance team will be on hand near each entry point at State Farm Stadium to help fans who may need it. Anyone with questions should look for one of these white tents marked with green "Digital Ticketing Assistance" signage. Fans accessing their digital tickets via the Cardinals Mobile are strongly encouraged to access their tickets before reaching the security checkpoints. For further assistance, please visit the Cardinals digital ticketing page at:

PARKING: Sportsman's Park carparks and other game day parking lots will open at 1:15 PM on Thursday. Traffic updates are available at or by calling 511. Designated entry routes are specific to each carpark and can be found at the following link along with addition information regarding parking guidelines:

SAFETY PROTOCOLS: It is the CDC's recommendation that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks while indoors. Any and all stated safety protocols, guidelines and policies at State Farm Stadium are subject to change based on CDC, state/local officials and NFL guidelines and/or requirements. For more information visit

TICKETS: Tickets are available for purchase. For more information please call 602-379-0102 or visit

GREAT LAWN: The Great Lawn, which covers more than eight acres and was designed for use by fans while tailgating, will open on Thursday at 1:15 PM. Bands perform prior to each regular season home game beginning three hours before kickoff on the Great Lawn Stage presented by Hyundai.

HERITAGE AT SPORTSMAN'S PARK: Heritage at Sportsman's Park is located on the southern edge of the Great Lawn. This new venue features a patio beer garden with a specially crafted menu and early NFL game viewing. Heritage at Sportsman's Park opens to all fans at 1:15 PM on Thursday.


Fans are reminded of the game day tailgating policies:

• Tailgating at Sportsman's Park, the Great Lawn and other parking areas is intended for game day ticket holders only. All guests in vehicles parking on site must have a ticket to the game.

• Tailgating activities are permitted from the opening of all Cardinals parking areas (4 hours prior to game time) until kickoff only. As always, fans are encouraged to leave themselves plenty of time for stadium entry. Entry times increase the closer it gets to kickoff.

• Tailgating after the game has begun or post-game is not permitted, and all team-controlled parking areas close one hour after the conclusion of the game.

• Day of event paid parking will be debit and credit card only. No cash is accepted in parking lots.

More information can be found under the "Pre-Game Tailgating" section of the Arizona Cardinals 2021 A to Z Guide:

STADIUM ENTRY: Main entrance gates at State Farm Stadium open at 3:45 PM on Thursday. Club gates will open at 2:00 PM.

GAME PARTNER: Thursday's game is presented by State Farm.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Marc Martel will sing the national anthem prior to kickoff of Thursday's game.

HALFTIME: Marc Martel will also perform "Bohemian Rhapsody" at halftime of Thursday's game.

PRESENTATION OF COLORS: Colors will be presented by the U.S. Marine Corps.

50/50 RAFFLE: The beneficiary of Thursday's 50/50 Raffle is Arizona Humane Society.

PREGAME ACTIVITIES: The Cardinals are once again offering pregame entertainment to fans and all of the options below open on Thursday at 2:00 PM:

"Arizona Cardinals Flight Deck" opens on Thursday at 2:00 PM. It is anchored by lounges surrounding the stadium plaza, each of which feature shade structures, seating and an oversized LED video wall for watching early NFL games. Food and beverage options are available for purchase through mobile gourmet concessions.

"Preflight Party presented by Desert Financial Credit Union" opens on Thursday at 2:00 PM and is located on the South Lawn. Fans can enjoy a large shade structure, seating and an oversized LED video wall for watching early NFL games. Food trucks, cheerleader autographs, Big Red photo opportunities, games, a kids combine and interactive displays are also offered.

In addition to the stadium activities available to fans before all games, Halloween-themed photo locations will be available on the Preflight Party. No trick-or-treating events will be hosted at the stadium on Thursday.

"Big Red Brew Haus presented by Four Peaks Brewing Company" features a variety of beer selections, a traditional Brew Haus menu, pool tables and TVs for fans to enjoy NFL action in a comfortable indoor environment. It opens Thursday at 2:00 PM and is located on the service level of the stadium. Fans can access the Brew Haus by entering at Gate 2 and taking the escalators down.

ON-SITE PAID PARKING: The Cardinals have two paid parking lots adjacent to the stadium for fans convenience. Debit and credit cards will be accepted exclusively to promote a touchless experience. Coming from the south, fans can enter the Black Lot from Camelback and 95th Avenue; approaching from the north, fans can enter the Yellow Lot off of 91st Avenue just south of Maryland Avenue. Parking passes for these two lots can be purchased in advance at:

RIDESHARE ZONE: The Rideshare Zone is located on the south side of State Farm Stadium in the Black Lot (93rd Avenue and Cardinals Way). When leaving the game, fans are encouraged to exit Gate 1 or Gate 3 and walk south along the Black Lot pathway to meet their driver at the designated pick-up area. Fans should look for the rideshare wayfinding signs. For more information, visit the rideshare drop-off/pick-up location link at:

CARDINALS TEAM SHOP: The Cardinals Team Shop is located near Gate 2 and opens to ticketed guests on Thursday at 2:00 PM. The Cardinals Team Shop offers fans the biggest Cardinals merchandise selection all in one place. All sales in the team shop will be cashless.

SECURITY PROCEDURES: In accordance with NFL best practices for stadium security, all fans will be subject to security screening prior to entry inside State Farm Stadium along with inspection of all bags and carry-in items. The stadium employs the use of walk-through magnetometers to complete the screening process. Fans will be asked to ONLY remove cellphones, cameras and other large metal items from their pockets. Other items like keys, wallets, coins and belts do not need to be removed. To expedite stadium entry, the Cardinals also offer a "No Bag Line" option for those guests entering without any bags to be checked. Fans are reminded that security checkpoints are the busiest during the 30 minutes leading up to kickoff and are encouraged to enter early.

NFL POLICY ON ACCEPTABLE BAGS: In accordance with NFL's Public Safety Policy, fans can bring one of the following approved bags inside State Farm Stadium: 12" x 6" x 12" clear plastic bag or; 1-Gallon Plastic Freezer Bag, or; Small Clutch bag, including wallets, no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" in size. Non-approved bags will be denied entry into the stadium and fans will be asked to return the bag to their vehicle or dispose of it. There are no lockers outside of the stadium to store items nor can any items be held by staff members.

Trick-or-treat bags/baskets and Halloween masks will not be allowed in the stadium.

PROHIBITED ITEMS: All fans should be aware of items not permitted inside State Farm Stadium. A complete list of prohibited items can be viewed at

FAN CODE OF CONDUCT: The Arizona Cardinals are committed to creating a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience for all fans at State Farm Stadium, Sportsman's Park and throughout our parking areas. All ticket holders should be familiar with the Cardinals Fan Code of Conduct. These guidelines can be found within the 2021 Cardinals A-Z Guide and can be viewed at

TEXT MESSAGE HOTLINE NUMBER: Similar to past seasons, fans can request assistance or report Code of Conduct violations by using our game day phone and text hotlines or by using the Cardinals mobile app

· Game Day Phone Hotline: 623-433-7156

  • Game Day Text Message Hotline: Text your issue/concern, location & name to 623-400-2210
  • Cardinals Mobile App: Under the Gameday tab, click Report an Issue

MEDIA PARKING AND STADIUM ACCESS: Media covering the Cardinals-Packers game will have access to the media parking lot, Media Will Call and the stadium's media entrance beginning on Thursday at 1:00 PM.

AZCARDINALS.COM: All Cardinals game day information for each home contest can also be found online at:

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