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Hoosierpacfan  
#1 Posted : Sunday, January 13, 2013 5:29:31 PM(UTC)
Hello Folks,

I'm new to this board; good to meet you!

In a nutshell, I'm a lifelong Pack fan, but never got the opportunity to go to a game at Lambeau, despite growing up in WI. Now, I live in central Indiana and received a letter indicating I'm coming off the waiting list for season tickets(Gold).

Bottom line: I am SO excited to go to games beginning 2013.

For those of you who have been to a game, I'd love to hear:

1. Your favorite Lambeau Field story/memory. Sharing our stories here is not only motivating and interesting to me, but I bet very meaningful to others to read.

2. Any suggestions you have on how best to enjoy the game-day experience (suggested restaurants, parking, rituals, people to see, where to tailgate, etc.).

Can't wait to learn from you!
wpr  
#2 Posted : Sunday, January 13, 2013 6:36:04 PM(UTC)
Easy one for me. I told this one a few years ago on this site.

September 24, 2001. The first Monday nite game after the 9-11 attack. Everyone was in a very somber but patriotic mood.

This was before all the remolding to the stadium had been completed and before the Packer's tunnel had been moved to the south endzone.

Just before the start of the game the Packers come out of their tunnel on the north side and ran on to the field. They were lead out by backup LBer Chris Gizzi. He was holding an American flag in his right hand and ran from endzone to endzone. He was in the Air Force Reserves and his teammates voted for him to carry the flag. He sprinted the whole way and never switched hands nor did he use both of them. It was a pretty large flag and I couldn't believe he didn't get tired. Well he didn't show that he was getting tired would be more accurate.

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They unfurled a large flag that was held by local fire firelighters and police. It stretched nearly the whole length of the field and was a bit unwieldy. Players from both teams went out and took a hold of the flag as well standing right next to the the police and firemen.

At the conclusion of the National Anthem the jets roared over the stadium and everyone was cheering and in tears. This was before fly overs become so common place.

As for the game, during the preseason, Washington was considered to be a pretty good team but GB absolutely trounced them 37-0. Washington ended up 8-8 GB 12-4.
wpr  
#3 Posted : Sunday, January 13, 2013 6:55:14 PM(UTC)
I too have the gold package and typically come up the west side of Lake Winnebago. We stay some where between Oshkosh and Appleton. My son lives in Chicago and the games that I take him to are almost always up and back the same day. But I have been looking at the map and I think I will stay around Sheboygan to Manitowoc.

There are a lot of private parking lots around the area. The ones close to the field are around $20. I park in one that is 3/4 mile away. It takes about 15 minutes. It costs $10. There is also street parking in that area for free but sometimes it fills up pretty quickly. 10 years ago I could get a parking space 30 minutes before the game. Now if I am there an hour before hand the area is almost all full and I have to walk more than a mile. I don't mind but it is hard my wife.

When my wife and I go we almost always walk up Holmgren Way. There is music and tents at Anduzzi's Bar and Stadium View. Along with some as you walk up Armed Forces Dr. She also likes to stop in at The Jersey Store on the corner.
https://maps.google.com/...uIHYAQ&ved=0CK4BELYD

When it gets a little closer we can talk some more.
Hoosierpacfan  
#4 Posted : Monday, January 14, 2013 1:23:50 AM(UTC)
WPR - Your story of Gizzi gave me goosebumps! That really must have been something to see, no doubt.

Thanks for sharing some tips about parking, etc. Actually, that's very helpful.

Thanks, again, for your thoughts. I'll probably have more questions at some point.
gbguy20  
#5 Posted : Monday, January 14, 2013 6:44:09 AM(UTC)
Hoosierpacfan said: Go to Quoted Post
WPR - Your story of Gizzi gave me goosebumps! That really must have been something to see, no doubt.

Thanks for sharing some tips about parking, etc. Actually, that's very helpful.

Thanks, again, for your thoughts. I'll probably have more questions at some point.


I'll share some of my stories later, the most important thing about a trip to lambeau seems to be how you plan on getting out afterward. Nothing worse than a 10-20 mile trip taking 2 hours because of traffic or getting trapped in your parking spot. If you're going south to Appleton, park east, or south of lambeau. Park on the edge of someone's yard, dont park where you can get blocked in by other parked cars. DO NOT attempt to get onto 41 south, if you are north of lombardi avenue, they have it blocked off and you will rage like no other. I seriously recommend finding a place to stay within walking distance of lambeau, it will probably cost a lot more, and be booked well in advance, but avoiding the MOODKILLING traffic will absolutely be worth the extra cost. If you plan on partying in curly's pub, or at a bar in green bay after the game, everything I said can be ignored because the traffic will be gone by the time you are ready to go.
Hoosierpacfan  
#6 Posted : Monday, January 14, 2013 7:55:27 AM(UTC)
Thanks for the heads up about parking gbguy!! Much appreciated.
Cheesey  
#7 Posted : Monday, January 14, 2013 4:36:58 PM(UTC)
I always park at the Ashwaubenon public building. (I believe it's on Holmgren way) It's only like $5 and they have inside bathrooms you can use there. It's a bit of a walk from there to the stadium, but you get to take in the action of tailgaters on the way. And it's just down the street from the "Stadium View" bar.

One of my fondest memories was of the "snow bowl" playoff win against the Seahawks. We started off bad with Grant giving up a couple fumbles, and roared back for a huge win. It was Favre's last win as a Packer.
There was NO snow, and then in the second half the snow flakes were bigger then i ever saw, with no wind. It was like being in a giant "snow globe". There was a point where i couldn't see the field.
I took pictures when the game started, with a 100% clear field, and then when it was nothing BUT snow. It was an atmosphere i never saw before, and probably will never see again.
Plus i got to meet "Yooperfan" from here at the game. It was a great time!
dhazer  
#8 Posted : Monday, January 14, 2013 5:00:11 PM(UTC)
Some of the games I have been to have varied bigtime. My very first game was back in 84 and it was the Monday Night Shoot Out between the Packers and Redskins. I was also at the Packers Vs Steelers (yancy Thigpen dropped TD puts us in the playoffs) Been to around 15 games in my life and hard to decide my favorite, but as IronMan would confess to the game against Seattle a few years ago on Christmas Eve, sure we won the game because I haven't been to a regular season game we lost.But the best part was I was sitting right next to the Bikini Girls thanks to Ironman :)


buckeyepackfan  
#9 Posted : Monday, January 14, 2013 6:14:43 PM(UTC)
dhazer said: Go to Quoted Post
Some of the games I have been to have varied bigtime. My very first game was back in 84 and it was the Monday Night Shoot Out between the Packers and Redskins. I was also at the Packers Vs Steelers (yancy Thigpen dropped TD puts us in the playoffs) Been to around 15 games in my life and hard to decide my favorite, but as IronMan would confess to the game against Seattle a few years ago on Christmas Eve, sure we won the game because I haven't been to a regular season game we lost.But the best part was I was sitting right next to the Bikini Girls thanks to Ironman :)




Ahhh The Bikini Girls!!!! Where have they gone?

Cheesey  
#10 Posted : Tuesday, January 15, 2013 6:18:30 PM(UTC)
I was also at the 52-3 win several years ago in the 4-12 season.
It was the ONLY blow out win i have been to. It was fun sitting there and watching the score run up.
And i won the 2 tickets at our local Pick and Save grocery store.
nerdmann  
#11 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 12:21:06 PM(UTC)
Tips for Green Bay Visitors.

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Now that football season is here once again, the forums are full of questions from first time visitors to the Frozen Tundra, asking about tips and restaurants for their pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Well, instead of cutting and pasting this stuff year after year, I have decided to just post the stuff here, and then I can repost the link when people inquire. Thank you. NOTE: Some of this stuff might be dated, as I haven't lived in Green Bay for a few years.

1: Parking for games at Lambeau Field: Park on the back streets. There is an area across the street from Lombardi Ave. You can pay to park on peoples lawns, but if you get there early enough, you can get a spot on the street. Then you walk west a little bit on Shadow lane and there is a catwalk cutting through to Lombardi. You can cross to the stadium there. If you know someone in town, have them drop you off on Shadow Lane, then you can meet them back there after the game. You can really miss out on the traffic jam with those back roads. Go down Spence St to get to and from Shadow Lane. Remember, get there early! There's plenty to do in the Atrium. Check out the Packers Pro Shop! Google maps.

2: Here are some good restaurants.
-Krolls has good hamburgers and malts. They toast the bun and put butter on the burgers. There is one across Ridge Road from the Stadium. It will probably be crowded. As with everything, get there early. Or you can go to the one on the East side. It's on Main St. near Deckner.
-Cafe Espresso, on Washington on the east side. Most beautiful waitresses around.
-Maria's has the best Mexican food anywhere. I think it's on Broadway and Walnut. Way better than Los Banditos. Cheaper and more authentic, although I'm not sure if they serve alcohol.
-Kavarna is a coffee shop on the west side, on Broadway. They also have food. This place is popular with people who like young gay men.
-Hinterland Brewery is pretty good, but it's expensive. Excessively so, to keep the riff raff (such as myself) out. What's the place across the street from there that's the old railway building? That's a restuarant too now I guess. Titletown Brewery? Supposed to be pretty good. Those are on Walnut or Main on the west side, right down by the river. Titletown has that old football statue that used to be at the Packer Hall of Fame.
-Homgren Way has alot of cool sports bars. Also Brett Favre's Steakhouse is there. There's food, memorabilia stores, stuff like that. Go a couple blocks east from the stadium on Lombardi Ave.
-Fuzzy's, owned by Fuzzy Thurston. He might be there. It's on W. Mason St. Nice place.
-Victoria's on Riverside Dr, out by the University. Pretty good Italian.
-My old hangout was Country Express, which is a truck stop off hwy 172 and I think G in Bellevue. Good burgers and stuff, cool waitresses, their Italian food is slightly bland.
-Don't know what is there now, but there's probably a club at the former location of Nick Barnett's Club 56. Before that it was Za's and before that it was The Pitcher Show. It was like a restaurant that would serve beer but also show movies.
-Take your girlfriend to Sass, on Broadway!
-If you want pizza, try Sammy's. There's one on Oneida St, south of the Stadium. What's that pizza place on Bellevue on the east side? They had good pizza back in the day.

3: Iirc, on Saturdays, they give Stadium Tours. Pretty cool. The Packers Hall of Fame is across Oneida St. Check it out!


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One forum member mentions the Stadium View Bar. That is a very popular locale.
http://www.thestadiumview.com/

Original Usenet links are here:

http://groups.google.com...ria%27s#7f1117b49f4b2154

http://groups.google.com...ria%27s#9de25303db5cbc94

http://groups.google.com...ria%27s#842736e024fe8cd0
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wpr  
#12 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 1:01:19 PM(UTC)
nermann, update your blog. The HoF is inside the Atrium now not across the street.

otherwise lots of good info here.
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