So I got a late start up to Lambeau. I had to wait for the father in law, and then, we were speeding and I of course got pulled over. Only a written warning .
The tour had to be held up for like 10 minutes for us (it was only like 12 people on it). We walked in through the indoor private parking area where only 3 people get to park. Ted Thompson (general manager), Mike McCarthy (head coach), and yes, Brett Favre. There were two nearly identical Cadillac Escalades parked in this area, as Thompson and McCarthy are there working on draft stuff.
Once we joined the tour, I stepped up to the podium in the media room and proclaimed my dumbassery, having delayed the tour.
From the media room, we headed straight out the tunnel where the Packers come out onto the field.
This plaque hangs on the wall right before you hit the field, above a strip of concrete that is left from the original Lambeau Field, before it was renovated.
This is what the players see as they run out. There are usually more people in the stands.
After messing around on the field and attempting some Lambeau Leaps (those walls are like 7' high), we came back to see the locker room and stuff.
A certain future hall of fame quarterback's locker is still there, right to the left of the door as you walk in. The guy giving the tour said they're thinking of leaving it there for good.
I am a nub.
After the locker room, we went past the shower area and the hot tub rooms (there are some big ass spas installed in there), and also some infinite pool swimming facilities. This took us to the training room.
This was in the training room, and I laughed, and instantly thought of Jaycurl and the grammar police, so I got a photo of it.
Some leg machine they have for therapy. I guess it does some form of compression treatment.
In the training room is a wall that has all the players from the Packers ever to make it to the Pro Bowl, and also, a ton of footballs in boxes. I think they're balls from each Pro Bowl, but I'm not sure.
On the opposite side of the training room is an AFC and NFC board on the wall, each with the teams and divisions (represented with... license plates), and the records of each team.
On the way out, outside the head athletic trainer's office, there were full sheets of each year's team cards from 1991 on, hanging on the wall in frames, every single one of them autographed. It was pretty sweet.
On the other side of the training rooms were the classrooms and three auditoriums. Offense, Defense, and the full team room.
This room was the defensive line's classroom. There were remnants of plays on the whiteboards in all of these rooms, but they had largely been erased.
Through the main full team auditorium we were led into an indoor basketball court. Apparently, when they're not playing basketball in it, they often will arrange a bunch of rubbermaid trash cans (not pictured) on the floor and walk through a bunch of plays.
Next to the basketball court there were 2 racquetball courts. But inbetween these two rooms was a small barber's room that had a couple of chairs in it. Note the Packers crock pot in the background.
In racquetball room #2, Ted Thompson has taken it over and installed a golf simulator so he could practice. This pic was taken through the small window in the door, which is why you see someone kinda hovering there.
Finally after all of this, we went upstairs, through the Atrium and all the stuff you can get to when you're at a game, to the press boxes and the luxury boxes. This is what the field looks like from an indoor luxury box.
FINALLY, unlike most NFL stadiums (and most major sports complexes for that matter), Lambeau Field is literally in the middle of a few neighborhoods. Right across the street are normal houses and yards. The vast majority of these houses offer up parking in their yards and stuff on game day, and for some of the, more extreme lengths are even taken. Some of them have been purchased and literally renovated into "party houses", where nobody lives, but they're rented out 10 times a year on game days. I grabbed a pic of one of the more cool looking ones from way up high on the press level of the concourse. It's hard to tell, but in the center of their back yard, that's a Green Bay "G" logo made out of cement. Also, impossible to see in the pics, all the windows of the house have that logo sandblasted into them.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures. I've been to many games at Lambeau Field, and I've been to the hall of fame there and on the tour a few times, but this was way cooler. To hear the personal anecdotes from this guy and his interaction with the players and staff was awesome. Apparently Brett Favre sent him to get stuff like chew and water softener salt for him, since it was pretty hard for him to go out and get it himself in peace. I guess Brett never had any money on him, but they'd trade, and he'd sign whatever he wanted. Brett would say "you can take that home and sell it for $500 if you want!" and they'd laugh. Sounds pretty cool. He also said that the last thing he said to him was they were joking around, and Favre was like "I hope the next QB you get is some asshole like Michael Vick, and you gotta deal with some truck with spinner rims and gold chains and a bunch of bullshit like that. THEN you'll miss my normal truck and my camo." Sounds pretty funny. He said he was a normal guy.
Anwyay, that's it!
Edited by JWonder, 05 April 2008 - 06:26 PM.