First of all, I am a lifelong Vikings fan. Born in Minnesota and raised in the Purple People Eaters hey day; I can be nothing else. But my dad's side of the family are all Wisconsinites. So I am use to Packer fans "ruining" family functions whenever they occur. Our family cabin is also in Wisconsin. My lifelong battle with the Green and Gold, is and has been a source of amusement since my uncles tried to convert me to Packerdom when I was a young lad.
That said; I wish to tell you about my one and only trek (so far) to Lambeau Field. It was majestic. Compared to our oversized television studio (the Metrodome) and our old Met Stadium; your place ROCKS! It was on one of those picture perfect autumn afternoons; bright blue skies, a few clouds, a little breeze and the fall colors still hanging on. And I personally united practically all the fans that day. Both Packers and visitors. How? I wore my Vikings jersey! Since it was a Bears/Packers game, all the fans were in unison in their collective derision of me. No politician was ever such a uniter of two more divergent sets of people.
The ribbing aside, I had a wonderful time. Seats about 20 rows up on the 40 yd. line. I don't think I ever enjoyed an NFL game more. Once the game started, most fans ignored me and my jersey, and concentrated on the game. The Bears won 30-13 that day. It was Oct. 25, 1992. The games most memorable play was a fake punt. The Bears punter Chris Gardocki passed to RB Mike Green right in front of me. The play stood that day and propelled the Bears to victory. It was later claimed by the NFL to have been of questionable legality. (I remembered the play but not not the individual players or the exact date or score. Gotta love search engines) All in all, a great experience.
My point on writing about this trip down Memory Lane. The stadium issue in Minnesota. Be thankful Packer fans that you have an iconic stadium to watch your team play. We, on the other hand, have a KMart bluelight special of a TV studio. Our new Twins stadium makes this stark difference all the more clear. I hope this issue is resolved before the Vikings pull up and leave town. I would hate for my life long amusement with Packer fans to end on such a sour note. If the unthinkable does come to pass: Thanks for the memories.
Note: I normally just lurk here and read the posts to keep tabs on the competition. And I am a fantasy football junkie. I do on occasion however, comment on Wisconsin beer. I am an expert in this area. ;-P