"Why are we here? We're here to see the Packers win."


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"Why are we here? We're here to see the Packers win."

-Mark (and Lizzy) | Hopkins, MN


“In ’97 I got my share of Packer stock. In 1998 I turned 40. For my 40th birthday, my mom gave me four playoff tickets, and I had tears in my eyes. The tickets were first and second row. I couldn’t believe it. We were getting ready for the game at my sister’s house and I brought over this Cheesehead that I’d never worn. My sister was painting a banner to bring to the game and we started talking about painting the Cheesehead. I didn’t give it much thought. I just said, 'I'm like Jerry Jones; I'm an NFL owner.' So my sister painted 'NFL Owner' on my Cheesehead. I put it on and went to the game. Ever since that game, for the past 19 years, I’ve been dressing up and wearing an 'NFL Owner' Cheesehead to Packer games.

I'm part of this group that gets to the games early, and we have a smiley face flag. It’s just south of the Oneida gate, right up front, and it’s a number of us. I just say, ‘Come to the yellow smiley face for life.’ We call it our happy place.”

-Steve | DeForest, WI


"For three hours, this community of fans really comes together. Everyone forgets their differences and they solely are behind this football team. I've had a lot of positive experiences in the stadium with the fans. Had one guy lean over and kiss me after some great play happened, total stranger. Had younger guys buy us beers; you just make friends instantly. Everybody's slapping, high fiving, and cheering and chanting. It's a special game day experience. I'm not so sure you'd get that anywhere else in the NFL."

-Karen | Madison WI


"It's the boys' first game and we're so excited. These bibs..we actually had to drive all over Green Bay to find them last night. It took five hours. But we're going all out. We're doing a *really* intense Packer initiation!"

-Sarah (with Brad, Caroline, and Adam)


"She makes tutus, so we knew we'd do that, and then we saw these shoes online...they were expensive so we just made our own...and her mom stitched our football leggings. Wigs from Party City! Ready to go."

-Amanda, Alexandria, Jessi, Lori, and Nicole | Little Chute, WI


"The positive atmosphere, the camaraderie, the sense of common purpose for love of Packers, that's what brings me to the game. I've been a fan my whole life, even during the sucky '88 year. They're my boys. I'll never give up on them."

-Donna | Racine, WI


"One fun thing we just started last year is that we're having people sign the bus. We have signatures from people from I don't know how many different countries that have visited us. You make a lot of friends. In fact, I have season tickets, but only go in the actual stadium maybe one game a year. The rest I just stay out in the parking lot because it's almost more fun. We bring out chairs and everyone sits and watches the game. There's a two-second delay between live and the TV, so if you're watching the game out here and all of a sudden you hear the crowd go crazy, you know they've done something good."

- Cory | Green Bay, WI

packer-jacket-custom-unique.jpg"I was looking for a unique jacket. I met up with a tailor and she measured me. I sourced the fabrics and sent them over to her and she emailed me back with just one question. 'Are you serious?' I said, 'Yeah I'm serious!' When I showed my wife the quote she was like, 'You are not going to pay that for a jacket you're only going to wear eight times a year.' I said, 'You can bury me in it.' She goes, 'Buy it.' So that's how it happened."

- Nick | Two Rivers, WI 


"Packer tailgating: this is what I consider 'The Inoculation Process'...to try and convert Lions fans to Packers fans."

- Kevin


"Back in the early '90s, me and some of my friends started road tripping to Packer games. We would rent an RV and go down to Tampa Bay and stuff. We did this one long road trip and I decided that we needed our own vehicle. I actually wasn't going to go even look at this one here because it was a '66, and even 24 years ago when I bought it, a '66 vehicle was an old vehicle. But then I started thinking, 'Well...Ray Nitschke was my favorite Packer player and his number was 66...and then the first Super Bowl was in '66..." So I went. We call it The Big G. We've traveled to the Super Bowls, to New Orleans, San Diego, Dallas. I mean, I really don't trust it driving in a mile and a half to Lambeau anymore, but we still give it a shot."

-Stephen | Luxemburg, WI


 "I've been coming to the games since I was a little older than him. This one is his first! Well, this one we're just tailgating actually. It's a warm up. Next year I'll take him to a real game, and bring the whole family."

- Mark (with Rylan) | De Pere, WI