Hundreds of Packers fans made their way to Lambeau Field to assist the Green Bay Packers with the removal of the stadium’s snow, Dec. 17.
And for Packers fans, the opportunity to assist their team is one opportunity they are proud to take. Shovelers bundled up and arrived to the stadium, some as early as 3:30 a.m., for the job that began at 7:30 a.m..
Nearly 600 participants helped over the course of the day, indicating that this was one winter chore they did not mind completing. The job wrapped up at 1 p.m.
One shoveler, from Ashwaubenon, wasn’t bothered by the frigid temperatures; in fact it didn’t even faze him.
“It actually wasn’t too cold out today,” he said. “I am pretty warm right now. Today’s process went pretty smoothly. We started at 7:30 and we’ve gotten most of it done. As soon as we finished our section we were finished.”
For him, the chance to be in the stadium when it isn’t packed with football fans is a site to see.
“I have done this for a few years now but really, just being a part of the fan, to tell you the truth is what I enjoy most. When you’re in the stadium there’s always a lot to look at but the only time fans are here is when there are a lot of people filling up the stadium. So when there are only 200 people here, like today, it’s really special. I think it’s more about being the 12th man on the field.”
First time shoveler Stephanie Meyer from De Pere shared similar thoughts about the chore and was thrilled to be in the stadium.
“I just wanted to come to Lambeau Field,” Meyer said. “This is my first year participating and it’s been great. To be in the stadium when few people fill the stands is pretty neat.”
“Even though I’m cold, it could be a lot worse. It’s been fun today so I don’t mind a little cold weather.”
For some people, shoveling snow from Lambeau Field might be their only chance to see the inside of the stadium, while others are looking to make a few extra dollars, thus the $8 an hour pay was also a nice incentive.