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My Green Bay experience

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by RayDahayder, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. RayDahayder

    RayDahayder BoltTalker

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    I thought maybe I'd share some tidbits of my time in Green Bay just to give us something to read besides how damn crappy this team is. I'm sitting in some rest stop area just outside of chicago killing some time before my flight home. I just saw a guy in a Charger hat walk by. There were a surprising amount of Charger fans at the game. Not overwhelming, by any means, but certainly a good showing.

    Green Bay is a town that you can easily miss. In fact, I did pass it and had to turn around. Going over the bridge, all I could basically see over the tree tops was the stadium. The cab driver said the tallest building in GB is only about ten stories tall and I couldn't even see that. But these people love their packers. And I found them to be all very nice and gracious. (More charger fans walking through).

    I sat next to a guy and his wife at the game who were from Iowa and it was his first time to Lambeau, also. They were nice, friendly people as were all the people I met. Very friendly and not once did I hear anyone yelling anything derogatory at me at any time. However, after the game as I walked back to the hotel, there were several lame attempts at 'rubbing it in'. Amazing how a victory and some alcohol give people so much courage. Anyway, overall, the fans were just laid back, friendly, Mid west people. I was surprised at the lack of noise or rowdiness from the fans at the game. I was expecting a huge, loud, thunderous crowd, but they were mostly "polite".... although, they did erupt on scoring plays and obviously at the end of the game. But it was the 'tamest' crowd I've seen in all the 14 NFL cities I've visited. Strange. But certainly in keeping with their friendly, neighborly style. And when the bolts came out to warm up and when they went back in before the game, the crowd didn't even boo. There may have been a small smattering of boos, but it was also "polite".

    As far as Lambeau field goes..... it has mostly those metal bleacher seats with no backs, but I've never been in a stadium where you could be at the top and still have a great view. This is by far the most enjoyable stadium to watch a game that I've been to so far. I was expecting just the opposite. You think that an old stadium would automatically be bad site lines, but there really isn't a bad seat in this place. And it wasn't so bad sitting on the bleacher style benches. Cozy, though.

    I just was really impressed with the stadium and the well behaved, courteous fans. I wish I could say the same thing about some of the SD fans. I just don't think there's any need to be yelling "You suck!!" at people just because they root for a different team.

    The last thing I was impressed with was how clean the parking lot was kept even though people were tailgating. Before the game started, I was looking down from inside the stadium and I could see people tailgating in the parking lot and I could not see ONE piece of litter or garbage or empty bottles littering the parking lot. These people are, unfortunately, a dying breed. Imagine, treating people with respect and cleaning up your own mess. What a concept.

    So, it was a horrible game, again, to have to sit through, but meeting different people around the country is definitely a cool thing. It is amazing how people differ across the U.S.

    I even had a packer fan offer me a ride in his taxi to the game and he paid the bill and wouldn't take any cash from me. And every time I bought something at the concession stand or had any dealing with any of the stadium workers, they always said, "Enjoy the game".

    Yeah, I was impressed. It wouldn't be such a bad idea if the rest of America tried copying that approach.
     
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  2. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like some people around here could learn a lesson or 2 in manners.

    And from the sounds of it, you enjoyed the game.

    That was a nice read.
     
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  3. Kwak

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    Thanks for Posting that. Was nice to read a thread that wasn't like every other thread on the board today.!

    :tup:
     
  4. wrbanwal

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    Great take - I had the same experiance at the pre-season game last year.

    There are very few small towns that can support an NFL team. The people of GB (and the mid-west in general) are working class people with a ton of self-respect and high moral fiber.

    It also helps that the Packers are owned by the people of GB.

    They have a **** load of pride in their team.


    :tup: :tup:
     
  5. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    Excellent point, one with which I completely agree.

    I have never understood how fan bases like Philly and Oakland can act like such *******s, and be called "passionate" as though it were a good thing.

    I have always felt good about Chargers fans, but I have to admit that the last few years, our fan base has gotten worse. It's almost like our fans just don't know how to handle success. You'd think they would be a little more humble having gone through the seasons we have, and still having not won a Super Bowl. But I guess if you are young enough, and drunk enough, it makes you feel like a big shot to talk **** to other fans. I just find it embarrassing.
     
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  6. Shamrock

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    Great write up !!!

    Litter bugs me. I don't get it. Either use the provided trash cans, or clean your own mess and take it home with you in bags. The parking lot at the SF 49ers game we went to last year was a pig pen.
     
  7. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    Sounds like a great experience (despite of the final score)!!! :mad:

    Thanks for the wonderful birthday gift, Norv!!! :mad::mad:
     
  8. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    Good God! You can't even comment on a guy's description of his experience on a roadie without a slam on Norv.

    Where's that ignore poster feature? It isn't like I will miss anything, you only seem to know one song.
     
  9. TBF

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    Hank Bauer said that Lambeau was the oldest stadium in football...Any idea what the second oldest stadium is?

    100 bolt bucks to the winner (again, according to Hank Bauer)

    TBF
     
  10. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    Well then do it. Tell your boyfriend that he can't coach a team!!
     
  11. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    If they keep the same rotation, it will be eight years.
     
  12. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    the murph
     
  13. TBF

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    100 bolt bucks coming your way amigo...

    Nice job.
     
  14. wrbanwal

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    :tup: :tup: :tup:
     
  15. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    There's not many old stadiums left.
    Only other one I can think of Buffalo.
    Superdome isn't that old.
    Vikings but don't they have a new one in the making?
     
  16. wrbanwal

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    8 years?

    we played the Norris in 2003, no?
     
  17. Shamrock

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    Why?

    Candlestick Park (whatever they call it now) opened in 1960. It's basically the same, with luxury boxes added. The 49ers moved into it in 1971.

    Soldier Field in Chicago is older, but has had a major renovation.

    Oakland/Alameda Coliseum opened for the Raiders in 1966.
    San Diego Stadium opened August 20, 1967.
     
  18. wrbanwal

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    the bears didn't play in solder field until after 1967

    don't know about the stick
     
  19. wrbanwal

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    your right about Chokeland
     
  20. Shamrock

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    Is Bauer adding "continuously used" qualifiers, or some other stupid reason? Q-comm isn't "the 2nd oldest stadium" being used in the NFL.

    That said, it still needs to be bull-dozed.
     
  21. wrbanwal

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    yeah, probably something like that
     
  22. SDRaiderH8er

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    I get the Raiders, here, for my Birthday :icon_banana:
     
  23. BOLTS4LIFE

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    Awesome!!!
    We better be 4-2 by bye week!!!
     
  24. LV Bolt Fan

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    You are 100% correct in your post. :clap:

    Sorry about not being able to get together with you or SDbound.

    This weekend was probably the most fun I've had at a game away from the Murph. Even some at the Murph.

    Green Bay was nothing but class. I'd go back just to see another game with them. :icon_party:
     
  25. Buttmunch

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    Years ago when they were remodeling the stadium, I drove up there from MilwaHkeeeee, and visited the old Green Bay museum across the street. It was unreal. I had just read Lombardi's autobiography, so it was great to take in a lot of the names mentioned as I went through the exhibits. Sooo much history. I think I took around 2 hrs to get through.

    Wouldn't live there, but would easily call it one of the best in terms of the stadium, the passion, the fans, history, etc.

    You guys have to make it there some day if you haven't already. One of the construction crew workers let me into the atrium in order to get a better look (people are very nice around there), although it wasn't quite completed. I got chills just looking down one of the tunnels at the field.
     
  26. Retired Catholic

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    They are rabid fans, but there are lots of nifty Garrison Keillor types up there. And they know how to make great sausage.
     
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  27. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    We'll play them again in four years, but Green Bay will be here. The next Chargers game at Lambeau will be 2015. Of course that is based on the rotation being the same until then.
     

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