|Driving to Lambeau Field up Lombardi Ave.|
Today was total immersion in Packer culture. We arrived at Lambeau Field at about 9:30 AM. Our day began with a visit to the Packer Pro Shop where we stocked up on the few remaining player jerseys my kids don’t already own. I ended up getting a jersey myself – a Rodgers jersey, which is the first I’ve owned since the Favre jersey that’s been moth-balled in the bottom of my dresser drawer for 2+ years.
|Future Packer at Pro Shop|
|Kickin' It in the Luxury Sky Box|
|Walking Up the Players' Tunnel|
Next stop was the Lambeau Field stadium tour. That began with a history of the Packers in the Atrium, near the statues of Lambeau and Lombardi. We then ascended to the 6th level to get a tour of the luxury sky boxes. We sat in the tiered, indoor seats while our guide recited various impressive statistics. Among them:
- Lambeau Field, originally named “New City Stadium”, was the first stadium built exclusively for NFL football.
- Built in 1957, the stadium cost a whopping $960,000 to construct.
- The Packers paid $250 (that’s 250 dollars, not $250 thousand) to join the NFL in 1921.
- There are 83,831 people on the waiting list for Packers season tickets -- last year 126 people came off the list (more than the 60-80 who come off most years).
- Last year’s new season ticket holders had been on the waiting list since the early 1970’s.
|The Four of Us on the Frozen Tundra|
|First Cheese Curd|