Lambeau Field

Lambeau Field in Green Bay

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If you don't need to be near Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Saturday, don't be.

State transportation officials are expecting greater traffic volumes near the iconic football stadium than what normally is on hand for a Green Bay Packers game, because of the thousands of fans heading there for the Wisconsin-LSU football game on Saturday.

Both schools have huge fan bases that travel very well, so a lot of the foot traffic generated around Lambeau by residents will be replaced by road traffic from the out-of-towners.

Throw in the start of the long Labor Day weekend, ongoing road construction and a big influx of RVs and motor homes and you have the makings of a traffic nightmare come game day.

"The football game will create increased traffic impacts on traffic operations Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as Badger and LSU fans travel to Northeast Wisconsin, and holiday and commuter traffic hits the road for the long weekend," the Wisconsin Department of Transportation said in a travel advisory on Tuesday.

The DOT said local residents not attending the game are urged to take local or alternate routes to get around the stadium area on game day.

Big tailgating parties are in the works in parking lots near Lambeau, so some favored parking areas won't be available.

Green Bay media also reported LSU alumni have gobbled up large tracts of parking already, paying in advance for entire lots close to Lambeau, so be prepared to park some distance from the stadium.

DOT officials said the heaviest congestion in Green Bay will be four hours before and after the game (kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. Saturday), as well as on Friday evening, as commuters head home from work.

For updated traffic conditions around Green Bay and the entire state, go online to the DOT travel site or call 511.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.