Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. This stadium and team has one of the richest stories in all of NFL history. It was the first stadium built exclusively for an NFL franchise. Although it was originally called ‘City Stadium’ until 1965 after the death of much-loved Packers founder Curly Lambeau, it was renamed.
Curly Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun founded the team in 1919. Lambeau played for the Packers in their early years and was the coach until 1949. Curly Lambeau led the Packers to six NFL championships during his tenure.
Also known as the ‘Frozen Tundra’
The ‘Frozen Tundra’ moniker was first spawned at the infamous 1967 NFL championship game between the Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. Bill Woodson, in his narration, coined the phrase ‘frozen tundra’ during the 1967 NFL championship game, which also became known as the ‘Ice Bowl’. The famous game was played in temperatures as low as -13 ° F along with strong winds.
The Lambeau jump
No article on Lambeau Field would be complete without a mention of the ‘Lambeau Leap’! LeRoy Butler was the first to jump into the arms of adoring fans after scoring a touchdown during a game in 1993. Another fan favorite, Robert Brooks, also became known for his leaps into the stands. Many teams have tried to imitate the Lambeau Leap and some have even tried a “jump” of their own at Lambeau Field itself. Loyal fans were upset by this and it was the talk of many radio and news / sports shows in the week before and after the incident with Cincinnati Bengals player Chad Ochocino. In fairness, Ochocino asked fans before doing so the week before the game. To mixed reviews, he made the ‘leap’ into the arms of Bengal fans.
You can’t talk about Green Bay Packers without a quick mention of the ‘cheese heads’! Cheeseheads (or Wisconsinites) love their Packers! Packers fans are known throughout the league as the most loyal of all the NFL franchises. You’ve no doubt seen the many ‘cheese heads’ in the stands at a Packers game! President Obama recently photographed a head of cheese that the Secret Service confiscated in a speech and was recently donated to a local museum. Fans appreciate Lambeau Field’s rich history with soccer greats like Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, Jerry Kramer, Reggie White, Ray Nitschke, Jim Taylor, Bret Favre and many others who have graced the field and guided the team through victory.
Packer products are always in high demand due to the nature of Packers fans. Perhaps because the Packers are the only publicly owned team in the NFL, fans feel such fierce loyalty to ‘their’ team and, in fact, it is their team! Fans literally own the team until the last share sale in 1997/98, where fans bought shares and raised more than $ 24 million, money used for the Lambeau Field redevelopment project. Throughout the year, Packers products can be seen in WI and elsewhere on hats, coats, clothing, etc., even tractors carry the Green and Gold logo! During the holidays, Packers products are always in high demand and many households wake up to gifts bearing the Green Bay Packers logo under their tree on Christmas morning. Lambeau Field is always an attractive product and the perfect gift for any Packers fan. This art-renowned stadium is a unique way to show your allegiance to the rich history of the Green Bay Packers. Many are already familiar with sports artist Andy Goralski and his many pieces depicting soccer greats like Brett Favre, John Elway, Walter Payton, and many more. Goralski has recently released his new piece titled “From Leather to Legendary” which illustrates the days of yore with Curly Lambeau’s Acme Packers in front of the recently renovated Lambeau Field. This fine limited edition would be the icing on the cake for any Packers fan under the tree this Christmas, Father / Mother’s Day or birthday and would be a great addition to your sports room.
Soccer and Wisconsin
Legendary Lambeau Field is an important part of Wisconsin’s history and has defined what soccer is really all about. Teams change over the years, but Lambeau Field and its unique history will be a testament to fan loyalty. If you want to buy season tickets for the Green Bay Packers, you can put your name now because the tickets were sold out for the next 35 years or so. That’s how loyal Packers fans are to the team and the history of Lambeau Field!
Come on Packers Go!