Green Bay Packers!


Traveling to Green Bay, Wisconsin wasn’t in my personal future travel plans, but this destination was all about my son! He has been an Aaron Rodgersfan every since he could talk about football, so much in fact that recently I over heard him working on his Spanish homework where he prepared an abbreviated bio in Spanish on Aaron Rodgers! Needless to say, as a mom, I knew this was a “must do” trip at some point in life over the years, but wanted to make sure he was old enough to really enjoy it.  So we planned it for November 2017: Green Bay Packers vs. Baltimore Ravens (Even though Michael Oehr was no longer on the Raven’s team, we watched Blind Side so many times over the years so it seemed to be a good one to attend.) And unfortunately we bought our tickets before Aaron Rodgers’ injury, so he wasn’t playing in this game.

AIRPORT ARRIVAL

As soon as we arrived in Green Bay; there were Packers jerseys and jackets on fans it seemed everywhere:  people arriving from different flights, the rental car agency staff, and of course all over the airport you could buy Packers paraphernalia.  We rented a car and drove 2 hours to get to our hotel.  Booking one online, and never having been to Green Bay, I was hoping that the hotel would be okay!

THE HOTEL

We stayed at the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson in Green Bay (Suamico, WI) and it definitely fit our needs, traveling with a 14 year old:  comfortable accommodations, a pool, nearby amenities.  The cookies and breakfast were enjoyed!  The hotel adjoins a retail center with a grocery store (it appeared) a bowling alley/sports bar: The Gutter and it was only 12 minutes from Lambeau field.  I see that they have a shuttle, but we drove to the game.

We arrived at the hotel and got ready for dinner.  I learned of this restaurant from Aaron Rodger’s Instagram account @aaronrodgers12, once he gave away tickets to the fan who could name his favorite restaurant in Green Bay, so we had to go there:  Chives Restaurant in Suamico, WI, the food was excellent and I probably never would have found this place on my own; it’s somewhat off the beaten path and a small restaurant. We enjoyed dinner that night!

GAME DAY- GREEN BAY PACKERS

Sometimes a picture…or a video is worth a thousand words! There is no better way to describe this experience!

LAMBEAU FIELD STORIES

Since this was our first visit, we were given some history about the stadium:  it was built in 1919 among cornfields, and everything we see today was built around it.  The original structure is the concrete structure with bleacher seats that remains today, then a steel and brick structure was built around it.  The Pro Shop is unbelievable in size, something I would have expected to see in New York, by scale.  It has everything for Packer Fans that you could imagine, we could have spent hours there honestly!  I’ve never seen so many people at a game; the attendance that day was around 78,000 people!

Even the bridge structure where we exited from the highway had Green Bay Packers logos  built into it and football scene/depictions in stone under the bridge.

Gradually the older buildings have been purchased by the Packers for additional parking.  There is a micro brewery adjacent to the stadium, the Lodge Kohler hotel (this would be the ultimate place to stay) and Bellin Health’s orthopedic center is adjacent to the stadium.  There was a new sledding hill for kids that was to open two weeks after we were there, it was grass at the time, but would soon be snow packed!

The homes across the street from Lambeau field have been purchased for “game day party centers” and a couple were recently torn down with new buildings built:  one was reported to be $1.5 million and the other $2 million, so quite a bit of continued investment is occurring.

It was a lively party everywhere we looked, such a fun day.  And it helped on that 28 degree day, that felt like 15 degrees to have bright sunshine!  So thankful for that!

We arrived at 10 am for a noon game, but we should have probably arrived at 8 am; the line to the newly opened Johnsonville Tailgate Village was too long for us.

After attending, I have to say that EVERY football fan should experience Green Bay; it was an incredible, like no other football game I ever attended; we want to go back!  Green Bay @packers fans are like none other!

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