Packers fans are excited for the start of the official season, but businesses are just as anxious for Sunday’s big game kick-off.
“I like to look at game day as kind of like a controlled chaos, there’s a lot of people moving in and out of the building,” says Lodge Kohler’s general manager Dilan Van Ryn.
“It’s going to be organized confusion,” says Jerry Watson, owner of Stadium View Bar and Grille. “That’s the only way you can describe it.”
Thousands of Packer fans will be spending thousands to stay in hotels or enjoy drinks around Lambeau on game days.
“I always figure the Packers game is anywhere from maybe 7 to 9,000 people come through the doors,” says Watson.
And the Lodge Kohler’s 144 rooms won’t be seeing many vacancies once the season starts.
“Game days we are pretty much sold out,” says Van Ryn. “We do have some availability left in December for some of the later season games.”
Game days also mean more staff for the eateries and lodging locations surrounding the field.
“You bring on everybody you can,” says Watson. “People who haven’t worked in a year are coming back to work and it’s not because of my winning personality, it’s strictly because it’s a good payday for all of them.”
Hotels sell hospitality, but that doesn’t mean they can spare to not have additional workers.
“Game days are kind of an all hands on deck event, but it’s really a fun time to work, it’s a fun time with all the excitement from the fans, the excitement from the crowds and it ends up being a really great day to work at Lodge Kohler.”
The crowds can get crazy, but they can handle it.
“Looking out those front windows and watching the mob of humanity walk down the street saying, ‘What am I gonna do with that many people?’ But we handle it,” says Watson.
The packers face off against the bears this Sunday at 7:20 p.m.