Lambeau In ’13 Continues To Impress…

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Showing some Packer spirit!!!

DID I LEAVE LAMBEAU WITHOUT A LAMBEAU LEAP?

Stadium has been renovated a number of times – so the highest point in the stands continues to get higher and higher. As that occurs, you may sometimes find there’s less wind inside Lambeau than outside.

A number of men and women’s restroom outside the stadium, on opposite sides of the stadium. They are open until 1 hour before game time. I remember visiting the Citrus Bowl in Orlando a few years back where they had one port-o-potty outside the stadium. In fact, I didn’t believe it at the time and walked around the Citrus Bowl a number of times to confirm that fact. Then you had some officials complain how it smells of urine at places outside the stadium – are these folks playing with a full deck? Or should I just chalk that up to Florida?

Could fans chill for a minute when they come back with beer, hot chocolate or nachos and cheese? Could they pay attention to what’s occurring on the field to know when it’s a good time to force everyone in the row to allow them to scoot by? Often, fans in front of me will come back to their seats seconds before a key 3rd down play. In certain theaters and other venues, ushers follow specific guidelines in which attendees can go back to their seat. Would that fly in professional sports?

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What a great idea, does your carry-in bag fit into this box? If not, plan B.

Newspapers act as a good insulator – especially if you’re dealing with a cold, aluminum bench inside the stadium. A free thick newspapers found outside your gate is even better yet.

Paid a nice older women $10 to have a premium parking spot in her driveway about a 6 minute walk from the stadium. That same spot at Wrigley Field would have cost $40 or more. To ensure we weren’t “boxed in,” I added that same amount as a tip so we’d have no issues leaving among the crowd of 78,000 spectators.

Would it surprise you that the none of the restaurants I visited in the Lambeau Field Atrium served any veggie burger. Perhaps Mr. Lombardi or Curly Lambeau would turn over in his grave if vendors sold veggie burgers or tofu hotdogs at Lambeau. 

Some fans were unaware of how well Aaron Rodgers was doing on the field against the Browns of Cleveland but could tell you how long it had been since the ‘beer guy’ had made his last round? Is your focus on defense or drunkenness or offense or offensiveness?

Very friendly ticket takers and security. Coming from a large metro area, I love the friendliness of the staff at Lambeau with the customer centric approach – the feel of small town Americana. 

No temperature gauges inside the stadium. Would not a mini-weather station be helpful at Lambeau? Perhaps next to the scoreboard? You’re playing in the elements, could we not see the temperature, humidity, wind direction and see if the weather changes during the course of a game?

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Having a good time dancing as Aaron backers

What a great idea, having an actual box for fans to use to determine if their carry-in bag align with the new NFL policy.

Sitting in South end zone, beautiful scoreboard to the north to ensure you don’t miss a play and we got to see close up the first “Lambeau Leap” of the day. With such a large scoreboard, I sometimes found myself viewing that like a TV instead of focusing on the actual field.

On several occasions, I heard public service announcements encouraging fans to report and obnoxious or unruly behavior. In fact, there’s a sign in the south end zone giving sober fans the ability to text authorities to report such inappropriate behavior. Great public service idea.

Handed out free cardboard cards which displayed the roster list for both teams. If you accumulated a few, you could use this cardboard, instead of a newspaper, as an insulator on those metal benches.

Associated Bank handing out free Aaron Rodgers pictures – while milling about outside of Lambeau – many fans had some fun pretending to be number 12 of the Packers for a few minutes. 

St. Vince in the house to help bring the Packers good success

St. Vince in the house to help bring the Packers good success

Lambeau Field Atrium is spacious and large enough for those who want a break from the rain, cold or snow to “warm up” and get a bite to eat or something warm to drink. This includes the Packer Pro Shop, Hall of Fame, restaurants, and areas for small events or speeches. Because the atrium was so dry and toasty before our wet and windy day, my wife almost choose the atrium over seeing the Pack defeat that team from Cleveland in the elements.

As many have said before, not a bad seat in the house. People think Lambeau has been around since the advent of paid gridiron, however, it’s less than 60 years old.

No Packer fight song – we just kept hearing “Go Pack Go”. Even though that might get you into the spirit, it’s certainly nothing like the English Premier League or Bundesliga where many European football clubs have certain songs and chants they do throughout the game. Perhaps it’s time for the Packers to develop a song they can sing after each touchdown or when they make a big play. Because of their winning record and success over the last 20 years or so, that success should continue so all those future touchdowns would give fans plenty of practice.

First visit to Lambeau in several years, I didn’t realize you could not visit the Hall of Fame or Packer Pro Shop without first entering the stadium. Next time, I will plan well so I budget enough time for tailgating and  visiting the Packer Hall of Fame and if there’s time, browse the plethora of Packer merchandise at the Pro Shop.

Kevin Schwarm

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