As part of my dad's birthday festivities, my parents, my sister and her family, and the four Ferri met in Green Bay for an official tour of our beloved Packers' stadium. My parents took the tour a couple of years ago and Sara, Jeff, Tom, and I attended a Packers game back in December 2008, but the kids had never even seen Lambeau in person, let alone had the opportunity to check out the stadium's inner workings. And with the exception of not including a simulation of the legendary celebratory leap into the arms of Packers fans post-touchdown, the tour delivered. (To whom it may concern at Packer Headquarters: perhaps you should come up with a way for tour participants to try a Lambeau Leap for themselves.)
|Welcome to Lambeau!|
|Curly (Lambeau) and Vince (Lombardi)|
|Waiting for our tour to begin. You can't tell from |
this picture, but the atrium floor tiles are perfectly aligned
with and created as a replica of the lines on the actual field.
|Another view of the impressive atrium.|
|Some of the art in the hallway outside the suites.|
|View from the upper deck.|
|I think this tour was as much for |
him as it was anyone else in our family...
|View from the rooftop deck.|
|The Four Ferri|
|Carter, Jeff, Sara, and Lily|
|Grandma Brenda and Grandpa Paul|
|View from the suites.|
|Loving the sweet suite seats.|
|The suites common area. For somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 |
a game, a seat in this section and all you can eat catering can be yours!
|2010 Packers Super Bowl Ring|
|View from the first row of the stands. (New sod/grass had just been|
laid and was taking hold so we couldn't walk on the actual field.)
|My football-loving boys.|
|A couple of our favorites.|
|The tunnel through which the Packers run on their way |
onto the field. (The opposing team does not use this tunnel.)
After the tour we ate lunch at the 1919 Kitchen & Tap, the on-site restaurant and bar. I shared with my sister the Wisconsin-ist meal available on the menu: beer cheese mac skillet, stone-baked soft pretzel sticks with Blue Moon beer cheese, Green & Gold pizza, and a pint of beer. We also did a little shopping in the gigantic Packer Store, where Hallie scored a pair of green and gold pompoms and Will picked up a new Packer soccer ball.
I loved sharing this experience with Tom, the kids, and our larger family unit. Thanks, Mom and Dad for the opportunity, and Go Pack Go!