Since there was a preseason game with the Green Bay Packers against the Seattle Seahawks we thought it would be cool to go down to Lambeau Field before the game to experience a Packer tailgate! We didn’t really plan to attend the game since the cheapest tickets I could find were still $75.00 which is way out of my budget especially for a pre-season game.
We got on-line to figure out how to best get to the stadium and find parking. Then I came across a site that said the bus line, the Green Bay Metro, provides free service to and from games. They run 3 hours prior to the game and three hours after the game. So we ditched the idea of driving down and planned to take the Cheesehead bus instead (they have clever names for the game buses depending on their route). Even better the bus stop is right here within 100 yards of where we are parked at Oneida Casino. So we chilled while waiting for the bus to get here. Oops, then I noticed that the bus should be here in three minutes… so we rushed out of the RV and walked really fast to the bus stop when I remembered I had forgotten my camera so I sprinted back to the RV to get the camera and Sharon also wanted me to get her more comfortable walking shoes.
After getting to the RV I realized the camera was in the CRV in the parking lot so I once again sprinted to the lot and then decided to just drive the CRV over to the spot to save time. Once I got to the bus stop I could see the bus leaving and saw Sharon looking distraught… I told her to jump in the CRV and we would follow the bus to it’s next stop to hopefully catch it there. The next stop was a ways down the road but we managed to park in front of a restaurant and just did get on the bus.
There was standing room only on a bus filled with Packer fans all festively dressed in the colors of the Green Bay Packers. At least everyone but us since we had no Packer clothing. I told a couple of ladies sitting on the bus that I bet she couldn’t tell we were from out of town and it was our first Packer game. She then proceeded to tell us a lot of neat Packer stories and made the 20 minute bus ride to the game go by quickly.
Once off the bus the waves of people dressed in green and yellow were everywhere. Many of them were wearing jerseys of their favorite players… Rodgers, Matthews and even newcomer Lacy. There were a few who were donning wigs of the team colors and lots had face paintings as well. Sharon even got to have her photo taken with Saint Vince! Walking in the parking lot you could smell the Bratwursts and Burgers sizzling on the grill. Lots of folks were playing “cornhole” and swilling adult beverages… Yep the tailgate was in full force.. As we were taking in all the sights and sounds we drifted over to the food and beverage tent where there was a band playing that sounded pretty good.
As we squeezed our way through the crowd to see the band we were delighted when we saw how they were dressed…They were all decked out in classic nerd gear complete with taped glasses mismatched clothing and the drummer had a colorful propeller hat. The sights and sounds coming from them were top notch entertainment. The band called The Dweebs put on one heck of an show. We stayed for over an hour enjoying their music and hoping to win two tickets to the game a local radio station was giving away.. As they finally called out the names for the last tickets being given away, sigh, we weren’t winners, so we left the band and decided it was time to head back as the game was about to start.
We were going to just catch a city bus back but after having had to drive the CRV and follow the Cheesehead bus we had gotten close enough to walk back to the CRV. This less than 3 mile walk was relaxing as we meandered through quiet neighborhoods giving us time to unwind from all the high energy we felt at the tailgate… What fun our Green Bay tailgating experience was…