We're wrapping up "Trips on a Tank" series with another stop in Green Bay. We got a behind the scenes look at all things Packerland.
The pride. The glory. The tradition. The cheeseheads. It's easy to see why Sports Illustrated ranks 1265 Lombardi Avenue as the 8th best place to watch sports in all the world. And people from all over to soak it all in, taking advantage of the hour long behind-the-scenes tour.
Lead Tour Guide Don Tolkacz says, "A huge percentage of the people on our tours are not from Green Bay. They're not from Wisconsin. They're from other states. We can have 35 people on a tour and ask how many people are from out of state and 35 hands go up."
We caught up with one of those tours to check it out for ourselves.The excitement begins right outside the front doors by the larger than life Curly Lambeau statue, which only seems fitting since he's the one who started it all.
Tolkacz tells us, "August 11th 1914, 24 players, George and Curly show up and the packers are born."
A lot of history has been made over the past 93 years, and the next stop on our tour is the place where a few lucky fans get to watch the Lambeau legacy continue from a bird's eye view. Yes, the private suites.
The most anticipated part of the tour is the tunnel leading out to the field, where they pump in loud sounds of announcers talking and crowds cheering, so you feel like you're right there with the players themselves on game day, running out onto the field.
Tolkacz has a lot of fun with this part when he's giving tours. "Some of us really build that up. I tell them they're rookies and it's September 9th, 2012 and we're going out to play the 49ers." This much talked about tunnel is paved with some very storied bricks where Vince Lombardi himself once walked. It's a touchdown with Packer-backers each and everytime.
"From cheering to crying. Some of these people have never been to the field. They've been Packer fans all their life and when they walk out you can just see the emotion."
In case that emotion inspires you to buy season tickets, go ahead and put yourself on the list. There are only 100,000 names in front of yours. So be patient. It will be your turn eventually. You may just have to wait 900 years or so, give or take a century.
The tours run pretty much everyday except for major holidays and game days. Tickets are $11 for adults, $8 for kids, and children younger than 5 are free.
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