When deciding what to do in Green Bay, Wisconsin, touring Lambeau Field probably comes to mind, especially if you’re a Packers fan. But what if you’re not a Packers fan (yet) or even a football fan? Will you have any fun on a Lambeau Field tour?
Spoiler alert: I loved it, and I’m not a fan. I’m not a hater; I simply don’t care about football. But I took one of the Lambeau Field Tours anyway because, well, when in Green Bay…
So, go behind the scenes with me in this article to see what you can expect. Maybe you’ll find it as interesting as I did and want to put it on your Green Bay bucket list.
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Lambeau Field Tours: What to Expect
Before Your Tour: Check Out the Lambeau Field Atrium
This is the main entrance to the stadium and where you’ll find a giant 50-foot Lombardi Trophy replica on display. They say that the massive trophy is the largest structure ever chromed. As you ride the escalator up to the tour ticket booth, you’ll appreciate how big it is!
It’s visible inside and outside the atrium and lit up at night. In addition, many Vince Lombardi quotes and photographs are on display throughout the atrium.
Tour Add-on Option: Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
Visiting the Packers Hall of Fame can be an add-on to your Lambeau Field tour at a combo price. I recommend doing this before your stadium tour when you’re fresh. It’s a great way to “kick-off” the day.
There are two levels of exhibits with nine permanent galleries. As a non-football person, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I spent a good amount of time taking in captivating visual displays, interactive exhibits, and photo ops.
Lambeau Field Tour Options
- Legendary Stadium Tour – approximately 2 hours; this tour visits the following locations: Lambeau Field Atrium, premium seating levels, Lee Remmel Press Box, visiting team locker room, player’s tunnel, and field level.
- Champions Stadium Tour – approximately 90 minutes; this tour visits the following locations: Lambeau Field Atrium, south side premium seating levels, player’s tunnel, and field level.
- Classic Stadium Tour – approximately 60 minutes; this tour visits the following locations: Lambeau Field Atrium, east side premium seating areas, player’s tunnel, and field level.
- Alumni Tour – a Classic Tour guided by a Packers Alumnus. Hear stories and history unique to the player. Photo opportunities are available with the alums at the end of the tour. (Typically only available on home game weekends.)
Behind the Scenes of the Classic Lambeau Field Tour
Everyone cheered as our tour guide said, “Welcome to Lambeau Field, home of the 13-time world champion Green Bay Packers!” And with that, we were off on our whirlwind one-hour Lambeau stadium tour. (Over 1.7 million visitors have taken Lambeau field tours so far.)
You’ll see a 50-yard line on the floor if you look down. And, if you followed it through the wall, you’d see it lines up perfectly with the 50-yard line of Lambeau Field.
After hearing about some of the team’s history, we went upstairs to see the premium suites. There are 136 suites on three levels.
Check out the art along the way—hundreds of paintings and photos depict Packers history. My favorite was the painting of the famous Ice Bowl—the coldest game in the history of the NFL.
Another tour highlight was hearing about the Packers training camp bike tradition. Kids line up with their bikes to offer the players a ride, and when the players come out of the locker room, they choose someone and ride their bike to practice that day. So heartwarming!
The view from the suite was extraordinary. It’s the largest suite they have—it accommodates 48 people. An identical one for Packer alums is one level below. (A standard suite accommodates 16-20 people.)
The original home of the Packers was an open playing field at Hagemeister Park. Then, they moved to Bellevue Park for four years and then to City Stadium at Green Bay East High School. High school games were Friday nights, and the Packers played on Sundays.
Eventually, the current stadium was built with 32,000 seats. There have been nine additions since then, and Lambeau Field is currently the third-largest NFL stadium with 81,441 seats.
They have sold out every game since 1960, and 147,000 people are on the season ticket waitlist. It’s the norm for people to sign up their newborns at birth, and those babies are in their 30s before their numbers come up!
Fun Fact about Snow Removal: A call goes out on through the news and social media asking for help shoveling snow at Lambeau Field. Then around 500 people (first come, first serve) go to the stadium and get paid to shovel snow. They start on the aisle, where a plastic sheet keeps the snow moving down to the bottom. Then, an end loader scoops it into a dump truck and hauls it out of the stadium. Crazy, huh?
While we took in the view, we also learned more about the team’s history, name, incorporation, and all about Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi.
Next, we went down to the 7,000-square-foot locker room/village, which contains everything the players could need: a weight room, sports medicine office, racquetball court, basketball court, cafeteria, classrooms for every position, etc. We didn’t go inside since it’s an active locker room, but we heard all about it.
Then we went to the tunnel where the Green Bay Packers enter the stadium. When the players enter, the music is pounding, and projectors show clips of the Packers crushing their opponents of the day. Finally, we walked the tunnel ourselves. We felt the excitement while listening to a recording of the crowd cheering and the announcer introducing the world-champion Green Bay Packers!
Take a look! They embedded a piece of the original tunnel into the current tunnel entrance, in order to preserve its history.
What a thrill to be inside the Packers stadium (whether you’re a football fan or not). It’s a very cool part of sports history!
When we reached the field, we were told not to touch or step on the grass, so be prepared to be near it but not on it.
Learning about the grass was one of the tour’s most fascinating parts. The field is actually a soccer field, not a football field because the natural clay-based soil doesn’t hold up well enough to sustain grass. So, they dug out the clay, replaced it with gravel and sand, and then inserted 7″ synthetic fibers every ¾-inch across the field.
Then they seeded the field with Kentucky Bluegrass, and as it grew, the roots intertwined with the synthetic fibers and have held the turf together beautifully ever since.
Since natural grass goes dormant in the fall, they use grow lights to simulate sunlight and keep the grass growing into January. The lights turn on when it gets dark and move very slowly across the field. Underneath the ground, tubes filled with antifreeze and warm water keep the roots at a steady 55-degree temperature.
Another fun fact: Lambeau Field’s drainage system can handle 14 inches of rain per hour!
They paint the field two days before the game, using 100 gallons of paint and taking 10 hours to finish the job. If they have back-to-back games, they scrape off the paint, but if not, it comes off when they mow the field every other day.
We had the chance to take our photos in front of the end goal, and then we shouted out the Lambeau cheer as a group and heard it echo across the field. So fun!
After Touring Lambeau Field: Visit the Packers Pro Shop
The Pro Shop has Packer fan must-haves, from cheesehead hats to bobbleheads to green and gold apparel.
A Few Fun Facts
Lambeau Field, the official home of the Green Bay Packers, is located at 1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay, WI 54304
The field was named after Curly Lambeau, co-founder of the Green Bay Packers.
It opened in 1957!
It’s a hybrid grass (SIS Grass) – a natural grass reinforced with high-performance synthetic fibers.
Yes, an under-the-field heating unit keeps it from freezing solid in cold weather.
The fans; it’s 100% fan-owned, and it’s the only NFL team owned by the people.
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