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Old 11-22-2016, 04:39 PM
 
Location: WI
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There are Green Bay Packer fan clubs and bars where people gather to watch the team play in every major metro area in the United States.

The 6 years we lived in SC, we would hit the local BW3 or other sports bar for Packer games as they had them on (instead of the local Panthers or Falcons games on Fox). And i can guarantee my wife and I were not the only ones in there wearing green and gold lol.

So i'm sure its a mix of being a team with a general following regardless of location (Steelers and Cowboys could fall in that group as well) plus in southern states and CA where there are more WI transplants, they keep rooting for their team and dont switch to whomever their new local team may be.
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Old 11-22-2016, 04:46 PM
 
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A family member recently visited from California and went to Lambeau. She was appalled that I had no interest in going.

I'm surprised I haven't been kicked out of Wisconsin.
Packers fans are diehard. And there are a LOT of them. They come from all over, absolutely.
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Old 11-22-2016, 05:14 PM
 
Location: RI, MA, VT, WI, IL, CA, IN (that one sucked), KY
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Now this is a question never asked by anyone that has lived in Wisconsin.
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Old 11-22-2016, 05:37 PM
 
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According to the census, in 2013 the city has 103,000 population. Nearby you have Appleton and other burbs and small towns.

However, evevery city I know that has a sports team usually at least has a half million population and enough fans with disposable incomes for season tickets.

Is Green Bay a weird exception where people from other parts of the state travel there?

Is it a small stadium compared to other major cities???

I've never been to WI. I'm only looking from a geographic perspective. Milwaukee and Madison are pretty far.
A lot of Wisconsin are Packers fans. Certain portions of Wisconsin close to Minnesota you will find a good number of Vikings fans too.

Milwaukee is almost entirely Packers fans. Die hard. Because there are so many people in Milwaukee from Chicago you'll run into Bears fans too.

I don't follow football or sports in general but I was told by a black veteran from Mississippi that is a HUGE football fanatic, that the Packers are one of those teams that enjoys a large fan base from all over the country. I think he told me Lil Wayne (it was some rappper) is a huge Packers fan and mentions them in some rap song.

There are some people from overseas that apparently follow the Packers too. Maybe in part due to their history.

In terms of football Green Bay is sacred ground.
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Old 11-22-2016, 05:58 PM
 
Location: SC
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If you have never been in Green Bay on any given football Sunday, this question makes perfect sense.

However as someone who lived there for a year, all I will say is that every one of those 100K population is a die hard fan; or so it seems. When I was there, everybody and their brother were wearing GB jerseys - and if they could not do that, at least they were wearing green. I have never seen any city as devoted to their team.

It is so crazy that they will spend hundreds of dollars for team stock certificates that in reality are worth NOTHING; they can't be traded or sold, they get the buyer no discounts, and there is no trading them back in the future for your money - you just buy them and your money is gone. They sell like hotcakes.
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Old 11-22-2016, 10:05 PM
 
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My husband had to have some tests done at a clinic in Green Bay. I was waiting out in the vestibule while he was undergoing his tests. Every person who walked into that place was wearing some sort of Green Bay Packer paraphernalia. At first I was thinking, "Must be some sort of 'Wear Your Green and Gold' thing going on." And then I realized, "Oh, EVERY day is "wear your green and gold" here in Green Bay!"

I think I was literally the only person wearing black. But I had cheese on my sandwich later that day, so I'm not a total outsider.
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:18 AM
 
Location: East TX
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For many years I managed a retail store and the halftime score determined how many people we kept on staff for Sunday afternoons. If the Packers were winning we kept everyone, and all breaks had to be done before midway in the 4th quarter. If they were obviously losing I sent home half the staff. No one would go shopping after the losses.
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:24 AM
 
Location: SE WI
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They sure must be poorly managed if they could not survive without taxing the local citizens.
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:44 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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There are some people from overseas that apparently follow the Packers too. Maybe in part due to their history.

In terms of football Green Bay is sacred ground.
Great post.


I've met many people who are fans of other teams who look at me like I'm almost a celebrity when I tell them I've been to Lambeau.
People who aren't in to the NFL just don't understand.. because it is the history.
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:50 AM
 
Location: SE WI
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In terms of football Green Bay is sacred ground.

Yeah, so sacred that they played half of their games in Milwaukee for decades. Now that is sacred ground.....


So sacred that Bob Harlan threatened to move the team out of Green Bay if they could not obtain public tax money...


Packers' world not endingby | Editorial | journaltimes.com
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