The railbirds are flocking back to Green Bay with the start of Packers Training Camp Thursday. Kris Schuller reports fans can expect many new and different things in this 100th season.
Outside of Lambeau Field work is underway to create an experience for fans like they’ve never seen before; the Packers Experience, a festival of activities similar to the NFL Experience.
“This is what you see at the Super Bowl or the draft,” said Kandi Goltz from the Green Bay Packers. “Skills challenges, lot of photo opportunities, we’ll have locker room and a theater showing our documentary.”
A piece of Packers Training Camp – that Gene and Suzette Groft drove over 1,000 miles from Pennsylvania to be part of.
“This has been his dream, all his life he has wanted to come to Green Bay. He wanted to see the stadium, he wanted to see the training camp, wanted all that,” said Suzette.
Come Thursday the team’s 2018 camp gets underway and some 100,000 football fans are expected to pay a visit. And businesses like Hinterland are ready to welcome them in.
“The Titletown Plaza, the park and everything. It’s a great attraction for families and people come through on a daily basis,” said Rob Czypinski, Hinterland’s operations manager.
This camp will hold 14 public practices to be held at Ray Nitschke Field. But if you want a seat you better get here early.
“You get all the excitement because you find out who all the new players will be and you want to see them in action,” said one fan outside of Lambeau.
And while training camp continues for four weeks, the Packers Experience last just four days starting Thursday; a free fan festival in the Lambeau Field parking lot that the Packers hope you’ll visit.
“It’s like kicking off that 100 seasons, that’s why we’re trying to do this in a big way. We’re the first NFL team turning 100 and we want to do it the right way,” Goltz said.
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