By Tom Fanning A day circled on the calendar of every sports fan – the official beginning of the NFL season – arrived yesterday when the Green Bay Packers kicked off the 2018 campaign at Ray Nitschke Field.
A tradition first started under Curly Lambeau in 1946, training camp in Green Bay remains one of the most intimate settings in all of professional sports. 2018 marks the 10th summer at Nitschke Field, just a short bike ride away from the team facility. Nitschke Field has seating for 1,500 fans with unobstructed views.
Just as it does at Lambeau Field, new traditions blend with historic ones at Packers training camp, as players continue to ride children’s bicycles to practice, a tradition first started under the legendary Vince Lombardi.
Players continue to stay in the dorms at St. Norbert College, the NFL’s longest training-camp relationship between a team and school.
As part of the 100 Seasons celebration, the beginning of this year’s training camp includes the Packers Experience, a free, four-day festival with activities and entertainment for fans of all ages. According to the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau and a 2010 study by AECOM, training camp, along with Packers Family Night, will attract nearly 90,000 visitors from across the nation and as many as 20 foreign countries. With an economic impact estimated at $9 million, training camp is a financial boost to many area businesses.
Fans can visit www.packers.com for the most up-to-date information regarding the practice schedule, events, dining and accommodation options, activities and more throughout training camp.