Green Bay Packer Pride: Why Titletown's Team Is Special
There is something legendary about the Green Bay Packers.
Whether it be the deep history, the great players, or the mystique of Lambeau Field, there is something magical about the team from the small, quiet city in chilly Wisconsin.
I've come up with several reasons as to why Titletown's team is widely respected and loved across America.
102, 313. The population of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The city gave birth to the Packers and the Packers are the city.
It is barely big enough not to be considered a town, yet it is home to one of the most storied franchises in NFL history.
The Packers are one of the only teams to remain in their original city since their founding. They are also the only NFL team to be owned publicly by stockholders instead of a private owner.
Rival Chicago, only 186 miles down Lake Michigan, has a population nearing three million, just to put the size difference in perspective.
The Packers success being headquartered in the smallest city in the NFL has been incredible and can be attributed to their large fan following.
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With one of the largest fan bases in the NFL, every game at Lambeau Field has been sold out since 1960.
If you want to be a season ticket holder, you may have to wait 100 years or so. With over 70,000 people on the waiting list and tickets of the deceased handed down in wills, the chances of obtaining season tickets in your lifetime is slim to none.
The Packers are highly involved with the fans in Green Bay, also known as cheeseheads. Because Wisconsin is famous for its cheese, the Cheesehead hat became popular among Packer fans.
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Lambeau Field, also known as the Frozen Tundra, is probably the most famous football field in the world because of the historic games that have been played there, such as the Ice Bowl.
All football fans, Packer fans or not, would love to make a pilgrimage to this field just to say they have witnessed a game there.
It is the only stadium in the NFL that still is fashioned in the old bowl style and after recent renovations it holds 73,128 people.
From viewing the tradition of the Lambeau Leap to the world class tailgating, it is an experience any fan will not soon forget.
If you find yourself surrounded by green and gold with the resounding chorus of "Go Pack Go!" ringing in your ears, you'll soon learn that cheering on the hometown Packers is life for the majority of Green Bay.
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Lambeau, Lombardi, Starr, Nitschke, Hornung. All Hall of Famers with strong ties to the Green Bay Packers. The team was founded by Curly Lambeau in 1919, making it the second oldest in the NFL.
The first two Super Bowls ever were won by the Packers with Vince Lombardi as coach and Bart Starr as quarterback. The Super Bowl trophy is now named after the renowned leader of the Pack during the 1960s. The team’s next Super Bowl victory came with Brett Favre holding the reigns in 1997.
As of now the Packers have won an NFL leading 12 world championships. Titletown USA is a special place to be and the Pack are a wonderful team to be a fan of. In the opinion of the folks in Green Bay, life revolves around Packer pride.