A century of football in Green Bay is nothing to scoff at.
And the Packers are giving fans a wealth of reasons to be proud of being cheese-heads.
You only turn 100 once and several activities are being arranged to highlight the team’s history.
“Let’s not forget Curly Lambeau,” said Cliff Christl, Packers historian. “He was the driving force. George Whitney Calhoun played an important part, but the fans were critical.”
That is why the fans are at the front-and-center of the upcoming celebration.
The Packers predate even the NFL, but the love wasn’t always there. It took decades to build a small-town winner.
“Other owners and coaches told their players they’d ship them to Green Bay if they didn’t produce,” he said.
“It is a miracle that the team survived,” said Mark Murphy, the CEO and president of the Green Bay Packers.
With help in large part from the fans, the story changed and the free events are a ‘thank you’.
The first is called ‘Lambeau Field Live,’ a traveling slice of the iconic football franchise that will show up a various venues around Wisconsin starting in June.
LFL will feature virtual reality displays, ticket giveaways, and a pro shop.
Part two will turn the energy level up a peg just a month later.
It is a free four-day festival called ‘The Packers Experience,’ with live music, a replica team locker room and meet-and-greets.
And the last act hovers more on the academic side, but it is generating buzz just the same.
It is a 10-part documentary called ‘Legacy’.
“Ten episodes; one for each decade,” said Murphy. “Really getting into detail on a lot of the specifics and a lot of things I think people probably didn’t know about the history of the team.”
‘Legacy’ is scheduled to release this fall.
Lambeau Field Live venues include:
June 27-July 1 & July 3-8, 2018
Northern Wisconsin State Fair (Chippewa Falls)
EAA AirVenture (Oshkosh)
July 23-29, 2018
Wisconsin State Fair (West Allis)
August 2-12, 2018
Packers Experience dates (in Lambeau Field parking lot and Titletown):
Thursday, July 26 (9-6pm)
Friday, July 27 (9-8pm)
Saturday, July 28 (9-8pm)
Sunday, July 29 (9-6pm)