GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Just a few days after dropping their home opener, the Packers hope to rebound on Thursday night football. That's when the team will tackle the Chicago Bears.
Aside from last year's kick-off celebration, the only other time Green Bay hosted a Thursday night game was back in 1991. It's a welcome change for some, but not for others.
The stage is set for one of the NFL's most storied rivalries, although Jerry Watson doesn't expect much of a party crowd at his bar on a Thursday night.
"A lot of them are going to come up here, go to the game, turn around and zoom back to Milwaukee or Chicago and get up and go to work Friday," Watson said.
The owner of Stadium View Sports Bar expects business to be down around 40% this week.
"On a Sunday game, we've got a super good Friday, a super, super good Saturday and Sunday's the game," explained Watson. "Whereas we aren't going to have a good Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday."
But not every business is bracing for a Thursday night football backlash. The Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau expects the standard $8 million economic impact that comes with a home Packers game. Local 5 spoke with several hotels in and around the stadium district. All said they were booked up, and all are still requiring a two night minimum stay.
"We are giving them the option of staying Wednesday or Friday with Thursday," said Craig Bleier, General Manager of Cambria Suites.
Bleier said they've been booked solid since the schedule came out back in April.
"It's still a football game, it's still the Packers, they're still going to come," he added.
On the other hand..
"The only thing that might be worse would be a Wednesday night game and hopefully they don't switch to one of those," added Watson.