Sports has not been the same in 2020. And boy, do we miss the excitement of filling up the stands and cheering on our teams. Despite, the challenges that COVID-19 has brought to our sports teams, games are still happening. Fall and football will be here before we know it. Fans may not have been able to share the excitement of the Packers 13-3 season inside the walls of Lambeau Field this year, but earning the NFC’s No. 1 playoff seed and a bye into the divisional round is something to cheer about.
Lucky for you, if you are a Packers fan and still want to get a little taste of football excitement, we have some ideas if you are up for the trek to Green Bay to find some unique ways to get to know the most storied franchised team in the NFL like never before. And for those that can’t make it to legendary Green Bay, we have some virtual ways for you to engage this season too.
Discover Packers History
The legacy of the Green Bay Packers runs deep, more than 100 seasons deep to be exact. And they have a long, proud history since making their mark in the world of football on August 8, 1919. Packers fans have a footprint that extends overseas. You’ll find groups from around the world that band together to celebrate the team and even plan a trip to make it to a game. We’ve seen groups share their fandom from Mexico, Ireland, England, Italy and Russia, just to name a few. Not to mention, if you travel from state to state or even country to country, there’s a chance you will run into a Packers themed sports bar. And they get so excited when Green Bay fans from other places stop in for a visit.
But it’s just not quite the same as a trip to the home turf of the Packers. A visit to Green Bay will take you on a historical journey spanning more than 100 years. You can venture on the Packers Heritage Trail and discover landmarks like Curly Lambeau’s house or see where it all began at City Stadium on Green Bay’s east side.
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Along Lombardi Avenue, you can discover the Oneida Nation Walk of Legends featuring 24 statues celebrating the legends and the history of the Green Bay Packers.
And of course, you can still visit Lambeau Field. The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame has reopened with COVID-19 guidelines in place for a safe visit as well as opportunities to see the field where it all happens on game day with your own eyes. While you are there, be sure to grab a bite to eat at 1919 Kitchen & Tap and browse the Packers Pro Shop.
Tour the City that Football Put On the Map
What’s so great about Green Bay anyway? Take a road trip and find out for yourself. Did you know Green Bay is home to native American culture and tons of history for you to take in? Did you also know that Green Bay is home to more than 15 wineries and breweries for you to get a taste of our local flavors? And what about the cheese? Have you never wanted to try a squeaky fresh cheese curd? Well, you have the chance with a visit to Green Bay this fall. In addition to Packers, history, culture and food, we also have a ton of hidden gems for you to discover. We’ve got waterfalls, trails and countless parks to explore and fall is a great time to soak in all the colors as the leaves turn.
A visit to Green Bay is never complete without a visit to Titletown! Titletown’s park is open to everyone, with an ice skating rink and tubing lanes down Ariens Hill in the winter, a full-size football field, a unique playground and plenty of outdoor games and fitness activities, all in the heart of the action. Check their calendar for a full list of fall programming, activities and events.
Tailgating in the New Normal
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So, maybe we can’t gather in the crowds like during a typical season, but there are still tailgating parties happening in town, just at a smaller scale. The stadium bars will still have their bands, food, drinks and games to get you pumped up for kickoff. Other establishments will have special menus and game day offers to entice you to come and watch the game with them. Plus, the hotels want you to stay with them so be sure to keep up on their gameday stay and play packages.
Catch the Game in the City Where it All Began
If you happen to be in Green Bay on game day, we have a list of places you can watch the games with fellow Packer Backers.
Show Off Your Packers Spirit from Anywhere
Still not ready to venture out? Join our Green Bay Isolation Virtual Tailgate group and engage with fellow fans on game day and show off your best Packers gear, yard games and what's on the grill and more tailgating fun from home.
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Watch the Legacy Documentary series, a 10-part documentary series celebrating a century of the Packers, with every decade represented by an individual film between one and two hours in length.