Sunday, August 08, 2010

Trip To Lambeau Field

Saturday afternoon I had just arrived back home (The Caffee's house for the moment) from a late lunch when I got a call from Chris Hill, the husband of my assistant.  He had an extra "ticket" to the Green Bay Packers Family Night scrimmage at Lambeau Field.  I say "ticket" because this is actually an all-access pass.
Chris works for Otis Elevators and is privileged enough to work game days where he services any elevators that happen to malfunction.  On this night there were no service calls which allowed Chris and his crew to give me the unofficial tour of Lambeau.  We were able to walk below the stadium down by the locker rooms and field access tunnel.  We went behind the scenes to see all the media access and suite level boxes located above the bleachers.  However, the coolest thing  was getting to go up on the roof and looking down at the stadium and over the entire city of Green Bay.  Here's a pic of Lambeau from above.
After taking the grand tour we headed down to our seats which were located near the last row of bleachers.  I couldn't believe these were considered to be the "cheap seats."  Check out this view.
There is no 2nd or 3rd deck or even an upper bowl at Lambeau.  It's a bit like Wrigley Field in the sense there not really a bad seat in the house because you're so close to the action.

The scrimmage was as about exciting as a scrimmage can be.  The Packers do have a really good team so it was fun to watch some of the star players perform.  And then the night finally came to a close with a great fireworks show.

My first impression of the stadium is that it is a really good mix of the historic along with modern amenities and comforts that fans enjoy today.  After the behind the scenes tour and all-access pass I may have set the standard too high for future visits.  When I go to a game now and "just have a ticket" I'll be complaining that I don't have access to a suite or that I can't get up on the roof.  Anyhow, it was a great time and many thanks to Chris Hill for the invitation.  I can't wait to go again!

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