While in Wisconsin around Christmas time, I had the opportunity to go to my first ever pro football game, a home game for the Packers at Lambeau Field, no less. Others of my family, including Matt, have gone before, but their trips were generally during times that I was pregnant or nursing or, for some other reason, really was not able to join them. This time, though, Matt and my mom were around and willing to keep the girls, and my dad and brother Danny and his girlfriend Sharon were interested in going to the game – or at least willing to go in order to humor me, since I’d never gone. We debated – we knew it would likely be a bitterly cold day, and we knew Matt Flynn would probably be playing instead of Aaron Rodgers – but in the end we decided to make the trip.
I tried on layers at home before we left for Wisconsin to see what all I should pack to wear to the game.
Then my mom provided more layers, as well as some hand-warmers, when we got to Wisconsin.
There was a bit of a snow storm from Saturday evening through Sunday morning. None of us were sure how big the storm would be, so we had planned to leave at 9:00 a.m. for the 3:00 p.m. game. My dad was actually out Saturday night and saw that the snow was coming down pretty hard and thought perhaps we should leave right away to get on the road before it got worse, so he called Danny around 2:00 a.m. to ask if we wanted to leave then. Fortunately for all of us, I think, Danny didn’t hear his phone ring, and we just left the next morning as planned.
Once we arrived in Green Bay, we had a quick lunch, picked up our tickets, and then parked and bundled up. We walked around the area surrounding Lambeau field. Here are Danny and Sharon and I in front of the Packers’ practice field.
And here my dad and I are standing with the statue of Vince Lombardi in front of Lambeau Field.
We had pretty good tickets. We decided that if we were going to go and spend all the money required just for basic attendance, we might as well spend just a little bit more to get decent seats, so we were in row 18 around the 15 yard line.
As the game went on, it began to snow!
It was definitely cold, but really, with all our layers, it didn’t bother us all that much. Sharon and I wore 4 pairs of pants in addition to snow pants 🙂 My feet were the only part of me that really got cold…my boots, which have always been sufficiently warm and waterproof in the past, were not fully waterproof and totally warm when subjected to the test of standing in slush for hours on end. As the designated driver for our trip home, I was worried I’d need to stop and buy new shoes just to drive home at all comfortably, but once we got walking again, my toes started warm up, and I was fine 🙂
In the end, the Packers lost, but we were in the game the whole time, even without Aaron Rodgers. And regardless, really it was a great experience. Actually being at the game offered an entirely different perspective than watching it on television, and it was fun to get to be there in person and experience it all with my family. I’m really glad I got the opportunity to go. Thanks for the great Christmas present, Dad!