Packers schedule affects hotels, event planners

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Packers 2017 season schedule is out, which means hotels are about to have their phones ringing off the hook, and event planners can get their work underway. 

Patricia Heeg is the special events services coordinator for Family Services, which covers the Northeast  Wisconsin area, and she's in charge of planning the Green and Gold Gala to benefit Family Services every year. 

She starts planning every October, but can't set the date or book any vendors until the Packers release their schedule.

"It's always fun and our whole team has been Googling the schedule every single day the last week or so, trying to look for a sneak peek of the schedule coming out ,trying to figure out when the event will be, so it's always a fun surprise every year as to when it will be," Heeg said. 

The day after the schedule is released is even more fun for her. 

"We will go into like full gear tomorrow to book everything, make sure everything is line, we've got our save-the-date ready," Heeg said. "We just need to insert the date so everything's ready to go, it's just a matter of working out those final details once the schedule comes out."

Across the street from Lambeau Field, jackhammers and drills are buzzing around the clock to get the four-diamond Lodge Kohler hotel open.

"We've already been getting a lot of reservations since we've been taking reservations for a number of months, but we do expect that tonight with the schedule release that we'll get even more call volume," Dilan Van Ryn, general manager for the Lodge Kohler, said. 

While the doors aren't open yet, they're gearing up for their first football season in Green Bay.

"So we're really just expecting and preparing for a huge volume of calls coming in, so we're just really excited the regular season schedule, it's a big event here in Green Bay," Ryn said. 


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