At the end of March, Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy announced the stops for the eighth annual Packers Tailgate Tour! For those of you who don’t know, the Packers Tailgate Tour is a week-long event where current players, alumni and usually some staff from the front office, Murphy, travel around the state of Wisconsin visiting communities and fans. All the money raised goes to a non-profit organization that gives back to the community.
For the first time ever, they were traveling to the state of Iowa and visiting Packers fans in Dubuque. As a current resident of Dubuque and loyal Packers fan, I was ECSTATIC! Not only was I going to get to interact with some former and up-and-coming Green Bay stars, but MY team has acknowledged the dedicated fans who don’t live within the borders of the land of cheese, beer and brats.
Of course, I wasn’t the only one excited for this and that showed the first day of ticket sales. Fans had the option of purchasing two different types of tickets: $5 general admission tickets or $30 tailgate party tickets – which included a meal, beverages and autographs of the players. When my friend Lindsay went to pick up our tailgate party tickets on April 1 at 7 a.m., she was told all the $30 tickets were gone. What?! They went on sale just two hours earlier! Apparently they sold out within two minutes. People had lined up EARLY in the morning to get one of the 650 tailgate tickets.
So I had to settle for general admission tickets. It still ended up being pretty awesome.
Approximately 1,000 fans showed up to support the Green Bay Packers and Camp Albrecht Acres – the organization the Packers chose to support. Camp Albrecht Acres is a camp established to provide individuals with disabilities an opportunity to get out and participate in fun, outdoor activities (check out a news report about it here).
Packers alumni Santana Dotson (defensive tackle for Packers from 1996-2001), Aaron Taylor (offensive guard for Packers from 1994-97) and Frank Winters (center for the Packers from 1992-2002) entertained fans by reminiscing about the good old days. All three played on the Super Bowl XXXI Championship team that was led by quarterback Brett Favre.
Fans also had the chance to hear from current players, including wide receiver Randall Cobb, cornerback Jarrett Bush and running back Alex Green. Murphy led the informative question and answer session to answer fans’ burning questions about pregame rituals, the difficulty of the famous Lambeau Leap, and the current relationship between the Packers and Favre. Last night it was evident that Iowa is home to many enthusiastic Packers fans.
I know the Tailgate Tour will definitely be welcome back to the Iowa community, especially as the team continues to support the communities that love the Packers so much. Like always, it’s a privilege to spend an evening with other loyal Packers fans and with an organization that cares so deeply for the people who build it up – the fans.