By the time we learned about Curly Lambeau and how the team isn't owned by a "single owner" (because Curly sold shares at $5 each!) and is the only team in the National Football League to be owned by the fans, and saw how beautiful the field was, and the incredible size and unbelievable gift shop (there wasn't anything, and I mean anything-even a truck-that wasn't for sale), it made me want to be a fan! Another really cool thing, one that you can't help but go "aww" at, is a time-honored tradition that the players have during training, that I don't think any other professional team does...See, their practice field is just one block from Lambeau Field, and prior to practice, young Packers fans line up near the stadium eagerly waiting for players to choose their bike to ride to practice. The kids run alongside the player carrying his helmet as the player rides their bike over! Now, I think that's pretty cool!
The field was originally build in 1957 and started out with seating for only 32,150, but over the years has upgraded and enlarged to it's current capacity of 80,735. Our guide didn't think they could enlarge any further. So that's probably it, and they sell out ever one of those seats. I've never experienced anything like it. The whole town is alive with "Pack Fever". When you think that all of Green Bay is just over 100,000 people, that means almost everyone goes to the game! Think about that, what town can say that? The very cheapest seat is $78 and that was way up in the far corner at the very top, with the most seats costing around $100-$300...and they are all sold out, every game, every year, with a waiting list. Season tickets are passed down to family members with about 80, yep, only about 80 going on sale a year. Wow. That's dedication. That's love.
...kicking back in Wisconsin, Marie
If you wish to view the rest of the photos from this trip, you can at my Flickr account at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/74905158@N04/