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Visiting Lambeau Field Home of the Green Bay Packers
Visiting Lambeau Field
The stadium's address is 1265 Lombardi Avenue and it has been that address since 1968 when Highland Avenue was renamed in honor of Vince Lombardi.
We had decided to take the tour in the off season which was a good choice!
My husband is a dedicated, die-hard Packer fan. Winning, losing or anywhere in between, he loves his Packers. While we haven't had the opportunity to secure tickets to a home game, I figured taking him to see the home of his favorite NFL team would have to be sufficient for now.
Season tickets have been sold out since 1960 with more than 81,000 names on the waiting list!
See, there's my Soul and my husband in the parking lot at the Lambeau Field Atrium. (btw, nice parking job there honey!)
He was like a kid in a candy store in this place. On the ride up, he was smiling ear to ear the entire time. lol
So back to the stadium. There are quite a few things to experience here, even in the off season!
- Packers Pro Shop - the team store owned and operated by the Packers. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, you don’t bleed green and gold!
- Curly’s Pub – named for team founder and first head coach, Earl “Curly” Lambeau, this pub and restaurant is about football!
- Packers Hall of Fame – over 90 years of Packers history for the 13-time World Champions. There’s sure to be something for everyone to revel in.
- Lambeau Field Stadium Tour – walk down the same tunnel the Packers players do on gameday and learn about the legendary history of the team and stadium.
Hall of Fame & Stadium Tour
The atrium is immaculate. It's bright, clean, airy. We chose to first visit the hall of fame. There are over 80 exhibits including four Super Bowl Trophies.
Not being a football fanatic myself, even I found the history displayed within the hall of fame interesting.
Next, we decided to take the stadium tour. We were shown behind-the-scene areas after a tour of the atrium. We were taken up to club level to experience a look at the legends club.
Then we were taken down to the players tunnel. This was the most awesome part of the tour! They turned on a recording of crowds cheering and we walked out to the field through the tunnel that the players come out of on game days.
Interesting tidbit, if you look at the floor tile in the atrium, there's a football field displayed on it. If you were to knock out a wall in the atrium, you would see the actual playing field. The floor matches up with the field exactly. If you're on the 50 yard line on the floor, it's the same as being on the 50 yard line on the field.
In my opinion, the field looks a lot smaller in person than on TV. You are not allowed to step off of the pavement on to the field, at all. My husband, of course, had to stick a toe on the field just so he can say he did. (I told you, like a kid in a candy store).
The cost for both of the activities was $19 per person, not bad, not bad at all.
We then chose to eat at Curly's Pub on the second floor of the Atrium. We decided to just have an appetizer, it was huge! The food was good, the prices are what you'd expect, nothing outrageous but not McDonald's pricing either.
The Packer's Pro Shop
See that, that's the place I was expecting to break me financially.
The Packer's Pro Shop.
If you need anything , anything at all, Packer related, you're going to find it in there.
Did I forget to mention the lower level of our home? It's a Packer cave, Packer memorabilia everywhere. Pennants, clothing, footstool, I could go on and on but I'm sure that you get the idea.
We actually came out of the shop financially intact . We picked up a few things for us, a few items for the kids and we still had some money in the bank... all good!
The Lambeau Leap
Many Packer players jump into the end zone stands in a celebration affectionately known as the "Lambeau Leap". The Lambeau Leap was invented by safety LeRoy Butler. It was later popularized by wide receiver Robert Brooks.
There is a padded wall set up in the hall of fame where you can practice your own Lambeau Leap!
Updates & Expansion
They were working on some updates and expansions while we were there.
The new sound system is expected to be completed in time for the 2011-2012 NFL season. On August 25th, 2011 Packers president Mark Murphy announced that the expansion of Lambeau would not be paid by taxpayers but by the team itself. After construction, Lambeau would be the 4th biggest stadium in the NFL. Additional construction included two new tower gates for the north and south end zone. The new seats will be outdoors with the exception of one indoor row. There will also be a rooftop viewing terrace in the north end zone for club seat holders during day games. Lambeau Field will also be installing Mitsubishi Diamond Vision Video Boards (also paid for entirely by the Packers), to be ready for the 2012 season.
To sum it up, even though I'm not a big football fan, I very much enjoyed our visit to Lambeau Field.
My husband, if you didn't catch on earlier, LOVED it.
We do plan on returning and recreating the experience with our children the next time!