Mini Meetup for Game Day in Green Bay

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The crowd is on the move.
Exactly punctual from two hours away, this mini meetup began when Cory (HCSmooth66) was precisely on time and arrived wearing a #12 Aaron Rogers jersey.  An impromptu opportunity to catch a Packers game, he was gracious enough to share his bonus tickets with me.... in a private, luxury skybox no less!  With the patience of a saint he didn't even flinch as I led him through twists and turns of residential streets through the city until we ended up on Gross Street (it turns into Holmgren Way on the South side of Lombardi), parked the car, and rested in a spot along the curb only six blocks from Lambeau Field.

Making our way through a sea of green, gold, and cheese, we descended upon the great bowl of Lambeau like bees to a hive.  With about an hour to game time tailgating was still in full swing - beer, brats, music, painted faces, and the smell of grilled meats wafting through the air.
The tailgating tradition at Lambeau.
  Energy is always high at these games.  Even if you aren't a fan of the home team, the electricity here throughout the crowd is electric and is one experience to add to your "list."  Cory's name was forever cast in cement as part of the walkway brick, so we took the time to find "him" on our way to the gate.  Risking being trampled while sitting on the walkway, he didn't punch me for taking my sweet time to get the lighting just right.  Whew!  No injuries sustained either!

With box seats we get to go through a gate that is much less busy, take an elevator instead of taking the steps, and pass easily accessible beverages and bathrooms without having to fight crowds.  As invited guests into the skybox we were greeted by our host and given the skybox orientation:  Pick a cushy seat to watch the game (only 24 per box), eat as much and as often as you want, and a tour of the coolers with unlimited free beverages.
Fans flock to the gate. Yes, that is a cheesehead that you see.
... including plenty of the adult kind!

Kickoff begins and we listen to the announcers on the TV; the box windows are open so the electricity from the crowd below streams in through the openings.  We were optimistic! 

As the game plods on I was happy that I had great TravBuddy company as the playing on the field was painful to watch.  Dropping the ball, missing catches, yellow flags flying..... we lose in a nail-biter at the end because of yet another penalty.  Ouch!

One highlight of this particular game: It was the 90th anniversary celebration and at halftime we were able to see dozens of old players as they emerged onto the field;  Paul Hornung, Chester Marcol, LeRoy Butler, Fuzzy Thurston, Lynn Dickey, Brice Popp, Jan Stenerud, Gerry Ellis, John Brockington, Zeke Bratkowski, Eddie Garcia..... and so many others who through the years have contributed to our Legend.

Despite the beating the team took, I had a great time~ it was a beautiful day and I had good company.  2 out of three ain't bad!!!




travelman727 says:
Great blog again, Elle! Your pics bring back happy memories of you, Lambeau Field and Green Bay :-D
Posted on: Oct 12, 2009
rotorhead85 says:
Too bad about the loss but your day and the blog is a big win - nice one Elle!!
Posted on: Oct 10, 2009
Dr_Seuss says:
OK,I'm probably going to be sorry I asked :-O but I have to now.
Why would anyone go to a game with a lump of cheese( fake or not) on their head ?

Probably not one of the universe's great mysteries, but I am curious now
Posted on: Sep 24, 2009
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The crowd is on the move.
The crowd is on the move.
The tailgating tradition at Lambea…
The tailgating tradition at Lambe…
Fans flock to the gate. Yes, that …
Fans flock to the gate. Yes, that…
Cory risking trample... on the Pac…
Cory risking trample... on the Pa…
Curly rising above the crowd.
Curly rising above the crowd.
Cory smiling through the pain of w…
Cory smiling through the pain of …
Strange characters on the prowl.
Strange characters on the prowl.
Winding down - the party starts to…
Winding down - the party starts t…
Birdseye view from the comfort of …
Birdseye view from the comfort of…
Burgers and wings.....
Burgers and wings.....
Bratwurst with sauerkraut and a be…
Bratwurst with sauerkraut and a b…
Inside the suite.
Inside the suite.
Great seats!
Great seats!
Looking across the boxes.
Looking across the boxes.
G-Force flag flies straight with t…
G-Force flag flies straight with …
A sea of fans.
A sea of fans.
Nicolet Water - official water of …
Nicolet Water - official water of…
Ants scurry after the game.
Ants scurry after the game.
Yes, we can be dorky cheeseheads h…
Yes, we can be dorky cheeseheads …
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