Let’s pretend for a moment that you are not a fan of football. Even if you had never watched a game or checked a stat in your entire life, you’d probably still know who the Green Bay Packers are. The Packers have one of the most loyal, vocal, and diverse fan bases in the NFL, which makes sense since they’re the oldest team in the NFL to have played continually in one location under one name. As one of only two of the remaining founding members of the NFL (the Cardinals are the second), the Green Bay Packers have become a part of pop culture in a way that few NFL teams have. And then there’s Lambeau Field. Ask anyone of authority which NFL stadium has the most to offer fans, and you’ll hear one answer come up over and over: Lambeau. What makes this place so iconic? Here’s everything you need to know about catching a game at Lambeau Field.
At A Glance:
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Who: Lambeau Field is home to the Green Bay Packers.
Where: Lambeau Field is located in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Lambeau Field opened in 1957 as City Stadium; it replaced the original City Stadium at East High School, which served as the Packer’s first home field. City Stadium became Lambeau Field in August of 1965 in memory of the team’s founder and head coach Curly Lambeau.
A long time crowd favorite for its wide concourses, rich history, and beautiful open seating area, Lambeau Field began major renovations in 2001. The renovations left the “frozen tundra” grassy playing field and iconic bowl but allowed for modern updates. Another major renovation in 2010 brought in new high-definition scoreboards, a new sound system, and an addition of 7,500 seats to the south end zone.
Since it opened in 1957, Lambeau Field has more than doubled its seating capacity. At 81,435 seats, Lambeau Field is the third largest NFL stadium.
- In 2007, the Green Bay Packers played their 51st game at Lambeau Field. This broke the previous record for NFL games in one stadium (set by the Chicago Bears at Wrigley Field).
- In the 1920s, before the original City Stadium was torn down, the stadium was so small and insufficient for an NFL team that the opposing team often changed into their uniforms in their hotels.
- The stadium’s nickname “The Frozen Tundra,” was inspired by a game played between the Packers and the Cowboys in 1967 in -15 degree weather.
- On September 29, 1957, Lambeau Field was officially dedicated “City Stadium.” President Nixon was in the audience.
- Lambeau Field is one of the toughest fields to play on for visiting teams. The Packers have the second longest home-team winning streak in the NFL.
- In a tradition dating back to 1985, whenever the Packers score a touchdown at Lambeau Field, the song “Bang the Drum All Day” plays over the PA system.
- Lambeau Field rarely hosts concerts due to a fear of damaging the playing field. Since 1985, only two artists have hosted concerts at the venue: Kenny Chesney and Billy Joel.
- Green Bay, Wisconsin has only 25,000 more residents than the capacity of Lambeau Field.
Lambeau Field offers luxury suites to fans who want to make a big impression on business colleagues and those who just want a more upscale experience. Suites can accommodate 16, 20, or 24 people depending on the size of the suite. Suites also come with free VIP parking, access to premium club level concessions, and lush surroundings. Not only do Packers suite owners get to watch the game in comfort, but they also get extra perks. In the past, some of these perks have included Draft Day parties, pre-game field visits, training camp and practice visits, game day massages, and the chance to attend the Gatorade Kids Clinic.
Food & Drinks:
Lambeau Field is widely considered one of the best stadiums in the NFL for concessions. Of course, you’ll get all the standard fare (hot dogs, fries, beer, and soda) just like you would at any other stadium, but you can also get something unexpected like a bacon and jam grilled cheese sandwich or pretzel bite nachos (a soft pretzel with a hot dog, cheese sauce, bacon bits, and garlic).
What To Do When You Visit:
Take a Tour: Choose between a classic, champion, legendary, or alumni tour for a unique experience based on your plans and which parts of Lambeau Field most interest you.
Attend a Practice: Lambeau Field has two outdoor practice fields, and fans are welcome to attend with pre-purchased tickets.
Tailgate: Tailgating is allowed at the Lambeau Field lot. Guests can use a gas or charcoal grill as long as they stay within their parking spot.
- With the exception of a small amount of first come first served parking tickets, the parking lot at Lambeau Field is typically sold out to season ticket parking pass holders.
- There is a drop off location in the northbound lane of Ridge Road for passengers and rideshare participants.
- No busses, RVs, or oversized vehicles are allowed to park at Lambeau Field.
- If you wish to take mass transit to get to the stadium, you can take the Green Bay Metro “Cheesehead” route, which runs from Jet Air to Lambeau Field, stopping at hotels along the way. The bus is free.
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