Visiting Lambeau Field: Home of the Green Bay Packers

Everyone has heard of the Green Bay Packers, including those who pay little attention to football. The Packers are among the oldest teams in the league with their history dating back to 1919. As you can imagine, given its lengthy history, the Packers have held a key place in creating the expansive NFL picture. Lambeau Field, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is the home field for the Green Bay Packers.

While Green Bay is a smaller city when compared with the mega cities of many other NFL teams, the area’s quaintness is part of its charm, making it a favorite destination. Located in the southernmost area of Green Bay, the stadium has a unique presence of being the tallest structure in town. Built in 1965, it was formerly known at City Stadium until Curly Lambeau—founder of the Packers—died, after which the stadium was renamed in his honor.

Imagine Curly and a sports editor, George Whitney Calhoun, having a conversation in the early 1900s that prompted creation of the team. That is where the team began. The Packers name comes from Curly’s employer at the time, the Indian Packing Company, who agreed to fund uniforms and equipment under the stipulation that the team be named the Green Bay Packers.

The stadium upgraded its capacity recently to 80,750 by adding an additional 7,000 seats. The need for the additional seats was clear, given the team’s popularity. General seating allowed for about 5,400 seats, while club and terrace suite seating took up 1,600 seats. Additionally, you will find the $140 million Atrium, housing the Packers Hall of Fame, Curly’s Pub, the Pro Shop, and more.

Part of the draw to any stadium is looking forward to that special hot dog—filled to the brim with relish and your favorite sauce—alongside popcorn and a tall soda. Yet, that just touches the tip of the offerings at the Field: Burgers (get a themed burger created for the quarterback or wide receiver), jalapeno poppers, pork belly skewers, bratwurst wrapped in bacon, buffalo chicken, BBQ, onion rings, and more. There are a variety of beers—the usual suspects—to enjoy, and you can also find others like Leine Honey Weiss, Leine Classic Amber, and Spotted Cow. A favorite hangout is Curly’s Pub, a sit-down restaurant. If you can swallow the excessive Lambeau Heap (a one pound burger, onion rings, waffle fries, and a milkshake), you receive a special T-shirt.

For a schedule of games and information on other events contact the Lambeau Field ticket office or call the Packers directly.

Dedicated fans Karly and Ryan Zakerski—sister and brother—sum it all up. Karly: “I love the history. The Packers are the oldest NFL franchise still in operation who have been in the same place, with the same name, since they were created back in 1919. They are also the only team to be owned by the fans [150,000 of them!], which I feel gives a greater level of pride.” Ryan: “I love to go to Lambeau Field because it is so expansive! There is so much happening that it’s just phenomenal.”

Getting there: Part of Green Bay’s attraction is its quaint feeling, so it’s no surprise that there is no high-speed rail or underground feeding the stadium. The best approach is driving, though a taxi is an easy option for visitors to Green Bay.

Parking: The stadium’s parking is typically sold out to season-parking ticket holders. However, the Field partners with ParkWhiz.com, offering options beginning at $11. Many choose to park free in the neighborhoods, with potentially long walks in store if you get their close to game time.

Some folks talk about the weather in this part of the world. It is a consideration, though it almost never stops the sports enthusiast. For winter games, the ground could well be frozen. That is, it’s not short-sleeve weather. Over forty years ago, it was dubbed “The Ice Bowl” for a particularly cold championship game, but that was a singular experience. Still, it can be cold, supporting its occasional nickname “The Frozen Tundra.” But the cold just gives the fans wintery stories to tell, adding to the excitement in the memories. Fans earlier in the season can expect highs in the 60s (highest recorded—71), with lows in the 50s (lowest recorded—49).

Care to take a tour? This is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the magic of the stadium, by experiencing behind-the-scenes areas and seating and viewing options. There are three tours: The General Stadium Tour takes you through the Atrium (containing the Pro Shop, Curly’s Pub, and Packers Hall of Fame), then to a private suite, followed by heading down through the Players Tunnel. It lasts about an hour. General tickets are $11, with reductions for children, seniors, military and students. The Champion’s Tour includes the above plus visiting the South End Zone, all lasting about an hour and a half. $19, with reductions mentioned above. The Legendary Tour expands upon the other tours by adding the Lee Remmel Press Box, the visiting team locker room, a snack and a Packers souvenir. It lasts about two hours, with a $25 ticket price tag and reductions mentioned above. For tour dates and times, . Additional information is available by calling 920-569-7513

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The Field also offers a number of beautiful areas available to rent for your business meeting, trade show, reception, company gathering / picnic. These include the Atrium Floor, Club 1919, North Balcony, Curly’s Pub private dining, Lee Remmel Press Box, Legends Club Room, MVP Private Box, and Miller Lite End Zone.

Do yourself a favor and head out to see a game or take in another event. It is one of the most satisfying forms of entertainment—an American pastime, really!