When Amie (my supervisor and a De Pere native) heard that I'd be spending the day on her home turf, she recommended that we stop at Lambeau Field to visit the Packers Pro Shop. We didn't have to be at the rink until 1:00, so we left Madison with time to visit the historic football field.
Wow. That's really all I have to say.
Okay, I'll say a little more. I had never seen Green Bay Packers fans in their native environment. Even though it was just "family day" during Packers training camp, the entire venue was an intense sea of green and yellow. Katie and I felt very out of place in grey. I didn't dare utter the phrase, "I don't care about football," because I feared I would be attacked.
|This was the line for temporary team spirit tattoos.|
It wasn't even a game day.
The vibe was all Packers, all the time. Everyone wore green shirts had such a sense of pride in the team. Total strangers were sharing this common bond of Packers Pride, and it was unlike anything I had seen before. The city felt like one big family: one big spirited, beer-drinking, green and yellow family.
Once I settled into my culture shock, Katie and I explored the venue.
|The Lambeau Field logo at one of the gates.|
|A lot of fans were posing with this statue, so I felt like it was the right thing to do.|
|I don't know why this buffalo was wearing a team jersey, but it seemed worthy of documentation.|
|The Packers logo (saw a huge one on the side of a house, too).|
|A view of the atrium.|
|A view of the shop.|
|We found some cheese hats to wear! Finally, we were fitting in.|
Daily sconnie fix: check. Then, we were off to the Nicolet Restaurant, followed by the competition at Cornerstone Community Ice Arena. Two skating competitions and a dog show were happening simultaneously at the venue (pretty hilarious that dogs and skaters competed in the same place). The event was great, and we saw a near-clean program from 2008 US Bronze Medalist, Stephen Carriere. Awesome day!