Packers expect to open 100th season at home and possibly in prime time

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers want to open their 100th season of football in style, and they want to do it at home.

Team president Mark Murphy told ESPN on Monday that he put in a formal request to the NFL for the Packers to open the regular season at home.

A source said that request was expected to be granted, and that the Packers were being strongly considered for the Sunday night prime-time game in Week 1.

"We're hopeful," Murphy said. "I think a home game to start the [100th] season is pretty significant."

The NFL regular-season schedule is expected to be released next week. In addition to their three NFC North opponents, the Packers will host the Cardinals, 49ers, Bills, Dolphins and Falcons.

The Packers unveiled some of their plans on Monday to commemorate the historic season. It will actually be a celebration over two years, leading up to the franchise's 100th birthday on Aug. 11, 2019.

"Our motto is you only turn 100 once," Murphy said.

Events will include a "Lambeau Live" traveling exhibit, a "Packers Experience" similar to the interactive NFL Experience at the Super Bowl, a documentary called "Legacy: 100 seasons of the Green Bay Packers," and an opening weekend celebration that will include a major concert.

There will also be a "100 Seasons" book authored by team historian Cliff Christl, who called the Packers' history "the greatest story in sports."

Packers players will wear a commemorative patch on their game jerseys this season.