By: Ashley Vickney, Intern, Leonard & Finco Public Relations
While born into a split loyalty household, my mother is a Minnesota Vikings fan and my father is a Green Bay Packers fan, I’ve always held a loose loyalty to the Green Bay Packers. It wasn’t until I started college at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay that I quickly learned more about the Green Bay Packers and the game of football.
This football season I am lucky enough to be going to two games. My first time at Lambeau Field for a Packers game was the 2015 home opener against the Seattle Seahawks. It was the perfect day for a football game, brisk weather with clear blue skies! My fiancé and I parked near Lambeau Field, and after grabbing some food at a tailgate party in the “Garage Majal” we made our way with hundreds of other Packers’ and Seahawks’ fans to Lambeau. As we walked the sound of laughter, grills sizzling and beer clinking filled the air. The smell of brats, hot coals and freshly mowed grass wafted over as we past tailgate after tailgate. Fans dressed in their Sunday best high fived each other and finished their drinks before heading into the stadium.
We were seated by people from southeastern Wisconsin, Green Bay, West Virginia and Seahawks fans from San Francisco. There was some friendly trash talk that happened before the game, but as soon as the announcer introduced the former Packer player who would sing the national anthem, the stadium fell quiet. Hats off, hands over hearts and somber faces were seen around the stadium as every football fan, no matter the colors, listened and even sang along to the national anthem.
As the game started, every fan was on the edge of their seat to see who would score the first points of the game. As the game went on there was standing, celebrating, waiting and listening. Occasionally when our boys needed a boost, “Go Pack Go!” would ring throughout the stadium. As half time rolled around the game was very close and both teams’ fans tore their eyes away from the field to grab refreshments, stretch their legs and buy their favorite gear.
The last half of the game did not disappoint, as Seahawks and Packers fans sat on the edges of their seats waiting for referees to make calls and to hear if their favorite player would be returning to play another snap.
After the last interception by the Green Bay Packers ended the night with a victory for the Packers, fans celebrated as they walked out of the stadium to their cars. It was a victorious first football game for this Green Bay Packers fan, and I look forward to many more games to come.
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