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Lambeau Field

Green Bay, WI

Home of the Green Bay Packers

4.6

4.4

Lambeau Field (map it)
1265 Lombardi Ave
Green Bay, WI 54304


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Year Opened: 1957

Capacity: 72,922

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The Frozen Tundra

In 1921, Canton had its Bulldogs, Rock Island (IL) was home to the Independents, and the Green Bay Packers won their first professional game 7-6 over the Minneapolis Marines. Fast forward some 94 years; Canton is still relevant in the world of professional football but not because of the Bulldogs, the Vikings are now the pride of Minnesota, and most people struggle to locate Rock Island on a map. The same might be said for Green Bay had citizens not rallied to save the team from bankruptcy in the 1920s and relocation in the 1950s.

Packers football was originally played on the east side of the Fox River at Hagemeister Park and City Stadium until a new stadium was approved in 1956 to be built on the far southwest side of the city. New City Stadium opened in 1957, when the reigning Miss America and Vice President Richard Nixon watched the Packers defeat the Bears 21-17. The stadium was renamed in honor of Earl Louis “Curly” Lambeau after his passing in 1965. Lambeau is credited as founder, player, and first coach of the now legendary Packers.

Thanks to the south scoreboard, Lambeau Field stands as the tallest building in the city. It remains steeped in history despite numerous renovations to meet the demands of today’s NFL. The longest active tenured home in professional football (3rd longest in professional sports) has hosted an Ice Bowl, a Snow Bowl, outdoor hockey, country music stars, and Wisconsin/LSU (scheduled for 2017). The 80,000 seat Frozen Tundra is the center of the Wisconsin sports universe on eight Sundays each year and lives up to the “Shrine of Pro Football” moniker.

4.6

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, 22 new items have been added to the Lambeau Field menu. Most are $10 or more, some are hard to find, but all are unique. The fabled "Horsecollar" ($20; Sections 102, 106, 111, 315, 425) from the 2014 season now features a 22" horseshoe-shaped bratwurst covered in mustard beer cheese sauce and sauerkraut. This monstrosity still turns heads and can feed up to four people sufficiently. Be sure to ask for utensils at the stand.

Other highlights of the new menu include the "Bratzilla" and the "Brattito" (both $13, Section 106). One is a foot-long brat covered with Sriracha sauerkraut, wasabi mayo and jalapenos while the other wraps a brat, peeper jack and cheddar cheeses, curtido (Spanish sauerkraut), and jalapenos in a flour tortilla.

More affordable, standard fare is available at the many concession stands within the stadium concourses and the Atrium itself. The Meat Packing Co. and Going Deep Pizza are solid options if you enter through the Atrium.

Arguably the best fried cheese curds in the Badger State can be found at Lambeau Field. For a "Taste of Wisconsin" experience, seek out any Gridiron Grill or Lambeau Links for an order of curds and then stop by any Draft Picks or beer vendor for a cold Miller Lite to wash it down with. Be mindful that lines at stands within the stadium can be long at times throughout the game; nearly impossible at halftime.

Cheese Curds & Miller Lite

Miller products flow abundantly throughout Lambeau and cost around $7.50 on average. Beer vendors are plentiful and hard-working, saving you a trip to the concession stands or specialty beer stands in the concourse. The extra effort to the concourse will be rewarded however with aluminum pints of Pabst Blue Ribbon and Hamms, two Wisconsin beers of yester-year.

Whereas the NFL incessantly plugs Bud Light and Pepsi as the official beer and soft drinks of the NFL, the Packers sponsor the home-state Miller adult beverages and Coca-Cola soft drink options. Sodas range in price from $4.50 to $6.50. As fall gives way to winter, hot chocolate in souvenir thermal mugs becomes a popular option for fans as well. If you can live without the thermal mug, save yourself $5.00 and purchase a regular for $3.00.

Atmosphere    5

Despite constant renovation projects at Lambeau Field, both large and small, most fans will affirm that there is not a bad seat in the house. Even the seats in the newly added 600 and 700 sections of the south end zone give you a sense that you are right on top of the action on the field.

Seats in the original bowl range in price from $80 to $105, which remain the most competitive prices among NFC North teams. A seat at Lambeau is simply a bleacher spot with no cup holders or seat backs (unless rented at the gates for $6) but staying warm late in the season and exchanging high fives with strangers are benefits of the close quarters in each row.

Fans in the new 600 and 700 sections of the south end zone benefit from individual box seats and cup holders but travel a significant distance to enjoy these amenities. The Packers faithful in these sections sit higher than anyone in the stadium.

Indoor club seats wrap around three-quarters of the bowl and allow fans to escape the elements and expose them to a completely different level of dining and beverage options. However, some fans willingly share that they miss the outdoor feel of the crowd at Lambeau, regardless of weather conditions.

Having sat in numerous sections throughout Lambeau Field over the years, I've concluded that the best seat is an aisle seat. Aisle seats allow you to control when and how often you leave your seat without disturbing others. These seats are perfect for sneaking away for a food, beverage, or restroom run mid-way into the second quarter and avoiding prime rush times.

Fans know that kickoff is imminent when the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up" fills the stadium. Todd Rundgren's "Bang the Drum All Day" has confirmed every Packers touchdown for at least the last decade and adds to the mini-party that erupts with each 6-point play. At the start of the fourth quarter, attention turns to the south, where the Miller Lite End Zone is located. A special guest helps the crowd "Roll out the Barrel," even though beer sales cease at the end of the third quarter. "Jump Around" follows the beloved polka jam and despite Packers fans' best efforts, the scene does not quite measure up to one created by University of Wisconsin students at Camp Randall Stadium on autumn afternoons.

"Go Pack Go!" cheers can be heard throughout the game, either prompted by the scoreboard operator or spontaneously inspired by the crowd.

The Tundra Drum Line travels throughout the stadium to provide some rhythm, but to their credit, only during breaks in the game. The cheerleaders actually cheer and are comprised of modestly-dressed male and female college students from St. Norbert College and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Packers games are about the game, which is evident with the lack of numerous "dance" routines performed by half-clothed women.

Neighborhood    5

Lambeau Field was described in Sports Illustrated last year as sitting "in a small neighborhood of small houses and gray woods," which is an accurate description late in the season. The stadium officially sits at 1265 Lombardi Avenue, part of a 2-mile stretch bookended by Cabela's to the northwest and the Tundra Lodge Resort Waterpark & Conference Center to the southeast. In between is a collection of sports bars, hotels and modest, blue-collar neighborhoods.

Tailgaters should seek out lots directly northwest of Lambeau Field, adjacent to Lombardi Avenue and Ridge Road. It is not uncommon to see makeshift Winnebago villages two days prior to a game, full of fans eager to celebrate a football Sunday fun day. More lots can be found near the corner of Reggie White Way and Canadeo Run, southeast of the stadium. Both areas allow for space to fire up the grill, throw the pigskin around, and raise Packers flags with pride. Tailgate parking will cost patrons anywhere from $10 to $20, depending on proximity to the stadium.

Those craving the sports bar atmosphere prior to kickoff have numerous options. Kroll's West stands as the lone option directly northwest of Lambeau, however the area southeast of Oneida Street teems with choices: Stadium View Bar & Grille, The Bar Holmgren Way, Anduzzi's Sports Club, D2 Sports Bar Stadium District, Brett Favre's Steakhouse, Burkel's One Block Over, and the Green Bay Distillery are within minutes of each other and the stadium. Each establishment attracts big game day crowds and offer solid pre and postgame food options, but limited food menus are utilized to accommodate guests.

Seek out local flavors at the Green Bay Distillery and Badger State Brewing. The Green Bay Distillery offers four flavored vodkas for purchase while Badger State Brewing specializes in serving local Wisconsin craft beers, including eight of their own signature brews.

Green Bay Distillery

The Tundra Lodge Resort Waterpark & Conference Center, SpringHill Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Quality Inn Stadium Area, and Best Western Green Bay Inn Conference Center are all lodging options southeast of Lambeau Field. Families with young children might seek out the Tundra Lodge while the Best Western and Quality Inn hotels are merely a block away from the stadium. The trick to lodging on Packers weekends is to secure a room immediately after the schedule is released in April. Hotels in the greater Green Bay area will fill up within 24 hours of the release of the schedule.

Fans    5

You say you forgot your officially licensed NFL Packers apparel at home? Have no fear, Packers' fans are here. The Green Bay Packers have arguably the most creative and outrageous fans in the National Football League. If it can be worn, it is for sale on game days at local stores and at street-vendor stands near the stadium. Beads, scarves, Cheese-heads, Cheese-cowboy hats, Cheese-top hats, green and gold-striped overalls and one-of-a-kind t-shirts are available to die-hard Packer Backers. "Green and Gold 'Til I'm Dead and Cold" and "52 Shades of Clay" are two examples that come to mind.

Keep an eye out for St. Vince, complete with his mitre dedicated to Vince Lombardi and cheese head crosier. He resembles the Pope, as Lambeau Field is his basilica. You are assured to see at least one Cheese-Head with the word "Owner" on a side or two (or three) and that's what makes the Packers and Lambeau Field great. The franchise is the heart of the city as well as the state. People rally around the team like few other fan bases can.

Packers fans are intelligent and well informed. They take the time to know the opponent as well as the home team. At times, it would appear that there are 70,000 NFL head coach candidates in the stands but for the most part, people share rational opinions about the match-up prior to kick-off or how situations are unfolding on the field. When the game starts, people are dialed in. Most are smart about getting up to go to the bathroom in between plays or series. No time is wasted on the wave during a crucial offensive possession but the place can rock in the right 3rd and Long situation.

Even when division opponents like Minnesota, Chicago, and Detroit are in town, there isn't an overwhelming visiting fan presence. However, for those fans that follow their team on the road, a pleasurable experience typically awaits. Packer Backers accept opposing fans and often embrace them into their tailgating celebrations for some good-natured ribbing. It is only when a stray Vikings or Bears fan decides to be outwardly obnoxious that words can get colorful.

People in and around Green Bay appreciate that fans, regardless of loyalty, boost the local economy by eating, drinking, shopping, and staying in the area. As a result, there is a genuine concern for the individual experience of visitors. The Packers organization promotes this by adhering to a firm fan code of conduct. The stadium staff responds quickly if there are issues and Packers season ticket holders risk losing their tickets if their behavior is poor. With a waiting list over 81,000, many season tickets are passed down through generations. Losing such coveted tickets is a cardinal sin among Packers fans.

Access    3

This is the one area that can be a headache if not taken into consideration beforehand. Lambeau Field is essentially surrounded by typical Midwestern neighborhoods. Four-lane highways will get you about a half mile from the stadium, but navigating the city streets around it can be an adventure. In Green Bay, it's all about allowing yourself enough time to do and see all of things that will make your trip memorable. Interstate 41 is the primary lifeline to Lambeau Field, however much of it is currently under construction and the project will not be completed until 2017. Once the project is finished, traffic before and after home games should flow faster. Ideally, in order to avoid standstill traffic, people prefer to be off of local four-lane highways at least two hours prior to kickoff.

Due to the expansion of Lambeau Field and the addition of the Tundra Tailgate Zone on the east side of the stadium, lot parking is less than adequate and often requires a parking pass. Lots around the stadium and front lawns of nearby homes will cost anywhere from $10 to $25, depending on proximity. Patience is a prerequisite if you park in someone's lawn, as leaving right after the game will be a long process.

Unless you leave the game early, there is no quick way to get out of town. If you have time to spare after the game, walk around, visit the Packers Pro Shop, or stop for a bite to eat at the 1919 Kitchen and Tap to allow the initial rush to die down. If you attend a Gold Package game, that means that many of the fans in attendance are from the Milwaukee area, so expect Interstates 41 and 43 to move at a snail's pace for a few hours after the game.

If there is something cool happening before the game (like a flyover), prepare to enter the stadium at least an hour before kickoff. This should allow you plenty of time to get through security, use the restroom, walk around the concourses and get to your seat with time to spare. Your ticket will specify which gate you should enter. This is not a concrete rule, but by entering another gate, you might wait longer than expected. The Oneida Nation gate on the east side of the stadium is the largest and most centrally-located gate. Be leery of it as kickoff approaches as many fans resort to entering that gate, causing major delays. Entering through the Miller Lite Atrium gate allows you to get your picture taken in Robert E. Harlan Plaza by the Vince Lombardi, Curly Lambeau, and newly-dedicated Lambeau Leap statues (there will most likely be lines).

Once in the stadium, getting around is relatively easy. If you have tickets in any 100 section, which is considered the original bowl, be aware that the concourse will become packed and harder to navigate as game time approaches. Lines for the concession stands and restrooms will get long, especially in between quarters and at halftime. A trip to the concourse at the half will probably result in a mid-3rd quarter return to your seat.

Return on Investment    5

No NFL game day experience is cheap these days and a trip to Lambeau Field is no exception. However, relatively speaking, a trip to Green Bay is less expensive than a trip to New York or Chicago. You might shell out more for airfare if flying into Green Bay, but lodging and dining prices are modest in general. Setting aside a long weekend is encouraged, primarily because many area hotels require a two-night minimum when the Packers are at home. However, extra time also allows you to check out the Packers Pro Shop, the newly-renovated Packers Hall of Fame, or a stadium tour at your own pace. Tours are not offered on game days and are sold every other day on a first-come, first-served basis. Check for times and tour options at the Packers website.

With all that Lambeau and the city of Green Bay have to provide in the way of football entertainment, it is easy to immerse yourself for days in Green Bay Packers football. Many regular visitors that I've met return because one trip was not enough or because it's their annual football pilgrimage that they cannot get enough of.

Extras    5

Terrell Owens was quoted on Letterman in 2008 as saying "there ain't a d*** thing to do in Green Bay." Although the Packers are the major attraction, the Oneida Nation Casino, the National Railroad Museum and the Packers Heritage Trail will help weekend visitors explore the area.

Later in the fall, the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL and the Green Bay Phoenix Division I basketball program sometimes play Saturday home games at the Resch Center, just southeast of Lambeau Field.

If you're fortunate enough to land Club Seat tickets in the 400 and 600 sections, you have access to viewing decks below each scoreboard in the north and south end zone. Stadium ushers should be able to direct you if approached.

The north end zone viewing deck has a bar while the south end zone deck provides the highest possible view in the city.

Now that we know that New York is getting a Super Bowl, shouldn\'t Green Bay, and iconic Lambeau Fie

Now that we know that New York is getting a Super Bowl, shouldn't Green Bay, and iconic Lambeau Field be considered for Super Bowl L? I don't see why not?

by paul | May 25, 2010 04:19 PM

I'm not even a football fan ...

... and I want to see a game here (in Sept). Nice review.

by megminard | Nov 28, 2011 10:45 PM

Make it a Packer Week

If you can, get to town on Wednesday or Thursday of game week, bum around town, and strike up conversations with locals about the team and/or the upcoming game. Everyone will have an opinion and will be willing to talk.

I know of a Philadelphia bar owner who will come into town for a game early in the week just to soak up the vibe and excitement leading up to game day.

by flamer | Jun 04, 2012 11:02 PM

Thanks for the thorough review!

I am planning a trip here to watch a game in October and wanted to thank Mr. Morrell for his insightful advice about seating during a noon game. I was not even considering that when I was reviewing seat selection. Additionally, the food recommendations are appreciated.

by gizmo_carolina | Jun 12, 2013 01:35 PM

Great experience

Saw a game here this season. Spent a few days in Milwaukee, then took a bus up on game day. The stadium was much more modern than I expected. Great people. Great trip for an extended weekend. If you don't have a good time here you might be dead. Also, did not see one Favre jersey. It's like he never existed!

by Ipeeinpools | Jan 11, 2014 11:51 AM

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Crowd Reviews

Hallowed Ground at Lambeau Field

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

The approach to Lambeau Field eases you off Interstate 43, guides you through a snapshot of middle class America, and opens to an abundance of game-day parking and the smell of bratwurst. A simple and unassuming trek to the mecca of football. Lambeau Field is the longest hosting stadium in the National Football League, and the hallowed ground inside has been the setting for some of the greatest moments in the history of American sports. Visiting iconic Lambeau Field should be on the short list of any sports fan's bucket list.

Outside the stadium, as is the case at any major sports event in Wisconsin, fans are cooking brats on travel grills in front of tables full of typical tailgating goods. Weave your way through the cars to the stadium as you encounter the friendliest fans in the nation. After your ticket is scanned, you find yourself in a wide open concrete cavern dotted with an endless line of beer and brat stands.

With beer and brat in hand, you squeeze single file through a tunnel that opens gloriously onto the wide bowl of the field. The panoramic, unobstructed, sun-drenched view takes your breath away (or, it might be the ice cold wind, depending on the time of year). Take your seat. Are you up in the wind or down by the players? No matter: every seat features a spectacular view of the field; every seat offers you the game experience you expect from an NFL ticket.

Sit and enjoy. You'll gladly trade being squeezed onto cold aluminum bench seating for the opportunity to bask in the glory of professional football being played on the Hallowed Ground.

An American Beauty, Lambeau Field

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Lambeau Field is one of those iconic American sports landmarks that is on (or should be on) every sports traveler's must-see list. Opened in 1957 under the name City Stadium, it became what we know it as today after the founder of the Packers, Curly Lambeau in 1965.

Absolutely LOVE this field!!!

Total Score: 4.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

You can see from anywhere. It is an amazing experience. I'm a bears fan first packers second. Soldier field doesn't even compare! Will never pay to see Soldier field again. Will pay anything for Lambeau! LOVE IT!!! When I went you were able to smoke. Now I hear you can't so that will be a problem since I have tickets for 1/2 game, but either way anything is better then dealing with Soldier field. That place is what they call hell on earth!

Iconic Landmark

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

You aren't a football fan if you haven't made the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of St. Vincent (Lombardi). Every seat has a great view, phenomenal and friendly tailgating, easy access to the stadium (no real traffic issues) and tradition! Best place to see a game bar none!!

Must-see

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Went the year the Packers won the superbowl and saw them beat the 49ers. Best football stadium I have been to. I have been here, RCA Dome, and Ford Field. I am planning on going to Lucas Oil Stadium this year, but Lambeau will be hard to beat. GO PACK GO!

Legendary Lambeau Field

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

How is it possible that the country’s smallest major pro sports market is arguably its most popular and frequently visited? A rich tradition of football at its earliest stages and a quaint small-town to call home have much to do with this answer.

Out of Curly Lambeau’s return due to injury from a brief stint at Notre Dame where he participated valiantly for the Fighting Irish under legendary coach Knute Rockne, the Green Bay Packers began their journey in 1919.

The Green Bay Packers were born as a result of a conversation between Curly Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun, a sports editor of the Green Bay Post-Gazette. Curly Lambeau’s employer, Indian Packing Company, gave $500 for uniforms and equipment on the condition the team was named the Green Bay Packers.

The team took the field at various home gridirons in Green Bay and throughout Wisconsin. In 1957, the team moved into City Field which was later renamed Lambeau Field in 1966. After multiple expansions which largely were confined to adding additional seats, major renovations were made in 2003. These renovations were necessary to remain financially competitive by NFL standards and exceeded expectations.

Lambeau Field is a unique blend of modern technology and desired comforts with a respectful nod and tender embrace to the rich history of a nearly century-old franchise. As you watch the Packers from your seat, you will be amazed at how seemingly untouched the main seating bowl and surroundings are to the stadium’s early days.

Lambeau Field remains the tallest building in this small town, population 102,726. The surrounding Brown County contains 218,149 residents. It is far and away the smallest market of the four major sports, but the size of the market it calls home isn’t the only unique element of this team.

No other sports franchise is owned by the fans and there are currently about 150,000 shareholders of the team. Recent stock offerings have funded the renovations to this pigskin cathedral. In these offerings, no shareholder can own more than 200 shares and although there is no benefit in the form of dividend or distribution, one can say they own a professional sports franchise.

Most shareholders display proof of their prized ownership-stake, a stock certificate, typically framed and in full view hung on the walls of their homes or offices. Photos of the original and second stock certificates are shown in the photo gallery.

The aura of the market and the role it plays in pro football hits you when you land at Green Bay’s airport. You are welcomed with a large sign facing the runway which signals Titletown USA, a tagline given the Packers after securing five titles in seven years from 1961 through 1967.

If you arrive in winter, the ground might be frozen, but likely not as frozen as the ground was during it was on December 31, 1967 for the NFL Championship game. In what is known as “The Ice Bowl”, the Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 on a late touchdown by Bart Starr. The game was more known for its cold game-time temperature of minus 26 Fahrenheit with a wind chill of minus 44 Fahrenheit.

Since that game, the Lambeau Field gridiron has been known as “The Frozen Tundra”. Other spin-offs since then include Tundra-Vision for the dual scoreboards located in the end zone and a one-of-a-kind rally towel only available at the corner of Holmgren Way and Armed Forces Way just west of the stadium on game day.

It’s Claytime concession stand (owned by Ryan Waterstreet) exclusively sells the “Tundra Towel” and bears the slogan “The Cold Can Not Contain Us”, an important part of the home field advantage in Green Bay. At $12, it’s a nice piece of Lambeau lore to cheer with at the game and take home with you to remember the experience.

During the early part of the football season, the temperature range is a high of 71 and a low of 49, but as the season wears on, the December games have a range of a 30 high and a 15 low. Average snowfall in Green Bay is 47 inches for the year, 17 of them coming in the last two months of the regular season. If the home season stretches into January, you can tack on another 14 inches.

Still, there is good news if you arrive several days early before a game and it snows. You might be asked to shovel snow out of the seating area. Dress warm, bring rugged winter wear and you will be handed a shovel and paid $9.00 an hour. Workers shovel snow to the walkways where a chute allows it to slide down to the field. Now how cool would that be just to say you did it?

Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

In 1919, Curly Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun, a sports editor of the Green Bay Post-Gazette, decided to create a new football team to take advantage of a sport that was blossoming in the Midwest. Lambeau’s employer, the Indian Packing Company, offered $500 for uniforms and equipment on the condition that the club be named the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers became a professional franchise when they joined the newly formed American Professional Football Association in 1921. However, the league revoked the franchise at the end of the season when the Packers were shown to have used college players in a game. Lambeau appealed to the league and they allowed the Packers to be reinstated, though Lambeau had to pay the league entry fee of $50 to do so. The team was in debt at this time, but local businessmen formed the Green Bay Football Corporation in 1923, which continues to run the franchise to this day as the only publicly owned team among those in the Big 4.

Over the next few decades, the team took the field at various home gridirons in Green Bay and throughout Wisconsin. In 1957, the team moved into City Field, which was renamed Lambeau Field in 1966. Since then, multiple expansions, including a major renovation in 2003, have allowed Lambeau to remain one of the premier destinations in the NFL. The most important addition is the Atrium, a large, indoor spot with attractions that allows fans to get there early and stay warm before heading out to their seats.

Since the Ice Bowl game on New Years Eve 1967, Lambeau has been known as “The Frozen Tundra”, although it has never been frozen during a game since then. The same can’t be said for the fans, who endure temperatures well below freezing to cheer on their team. In this case, “their team” is entirely accurate, as many fans own a piece of the club, something that cannot be said anywhere else in the NFL.

Lambeau

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 0
  • Extras: 5

Love it!

Lambeau Field

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

Must see experience!

La La La Lambeau

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

In 1921, Canton had its Bulldogs, Rock Island (IL) was home to the Independents, and the Green Bay Packers won their first professional game 7-6 over the Minneapolis Marines. Fast forward some 93 years; Canton is still relevant in the world of professional football but not because of the Bulldogs, the Vikings are now the pride of Minnesota, and most people struggle to locate Rock Island on a map. The same might be said for Green Bay had citizens not rallied to save the team from bankruptcy in the 1920s and relocation in the 1950s.

Packers football was originally played on the east side of the Fox River at Hagemeister Park and City Stadium until a new stadium was approved in 1956 to be built on the far southwest side of the city. New City Stadium opened in 1957, when the reigning Miss America and Vice President Richard Nixon watched the Packers defeat the Bears 21-17. The stadium was renamed in honor of Earl Louis “Curly” Lambeau after his passing in 1965. Lambeau is credited as founder, player, and first coach of the now legendary Packers.

Thanks to the south scoreboard, Lambeau Field stands as the tallest building in the city. It remains steeped in history despite numerous renovations to meet the demands of today’s NFL. The longest active tenured home in professional football (third longest in professional sports) has hosted an Ice Bowl, a Snow Bowl, outdoor hockey, country music stars, and will see Wisconsin take on LSU (scheduled for 2017). The 80,000 seat Frozen Tundra is the center of the Wisconsin sports universe on eight Sundays each year and lives up to the “Shrine of Pro Football” moniker.

Bears fan shouted "Go Pack Go!"

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

I am a huge sports fan, so this was only my third football stadium. That being said, I can say that the Lambeau field experience is at the top of my list, and is an absolute must see for any sports fan. From start to finish, I have never enjoyed the game more in my life, and this is from a devoted Chicago Bears fan. The crowd is pleasantly rowdy and noisy the entire game; I have never been to Seattle or Kansas City for football, but if those stadiums are louder than Green Bay, you had better bring your earplugs. There are very few fans there for social reasons; everybody is tuned into the game at all times. We were lucky to have outstanding seats, eight rows back from the 30 yard line. However, it looks like all of the seats have a good site line, and would provide you with as good of you as you can expect from a professional football stadium.
The food there was very good; I would say typical Wisconsin stuff. I highly recommend the brought worst topped with barbecue meat. I had a mime topped with keeping amount of delicious barbecue brisket, and I am still salivating over my last bite. I am a craft beer snob, and there wasn't much exciting besides Leinenkugel's, but I found the beer to be moderately priced compared to the other stadiums I have been too.
I wish that we had gone to the Packers Hall of Fame right away. We decided to go forward it's a bit too late, and rushed our way through it. It is very well done, though a bit pricey at $15 per ticket. There are lots of videos, and exhibits of Packers greats from yesterday and today. It's ends with a very cool and classy display of their Super Bowl trophies, which left me very jealous as a Chicago fan.
The bathroom lines go very quickly. I chose the worst time to go, halftime. I got out of my seat as the first half came to an end, and barely made it back for the second half kickoff. However, any other time you are in and out.
Parking was great, and usually among my best experiences of any stadium I have been to. There is a $40 parking right outside the stadium, but I highly recommend the $20 parking a little further offsite. You have a little further walk, but are much closer to the exit. Packers fans hardly ever leave early, and often stay in the stadium for a while to celebrate a victory. We left about a minute after the game was over, and were in our cars on the expressway home within 10 minutes. I hear if you stay in the stadium much longer than that, you can spend over an hour just getting out of the parking lot. For those cheapskates out there, most houses near the parking lot will shell space in their front yard for somewhere between 10 and $25. This also usually gives you access to their bathrooms, which could be worth it depending on how much beer you drink during the game.
Inside the stadium, the Packers pro shop is really great. There is also a restaurant and brewery inside the stadium that can be accessed on nongame days. Within a few miles our title town and hinterland breweries, both of which have average to slightly above average beers.
In conclusion, this is truly a jewel of professional sports. If you pay anything below a few hundred dollars for a ticket, you have done well for yourself. I am A little bit of a cheapskate, and found this experience to be is life-changing as a sporting event can be. It will be something I will tell anyone who will listen about for years to come.

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