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Lambeau Field Comes to AirVenture
By Sam Oleson, EAA Social Media Coordinator
July 21, 2018 - As part of the organization’s 100th anniversary celebration, the NFL’s Green Bay Packers will be exhibiting at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 throughout the week. Lambeau Field Live, presented by Associated Bank, is the Packers’ interactive exhibit and will feature a variety of attractions for visitors.
Among the various Lambeau Field Live attractions will be Play 60 activities, alumni meet-and-greets, a satellite Packers Pro Shop and Packers Hall of Fame, a Lambeau Leap wall and a one-of-a-kind virtual reality display. Visitors will also have the chance to win great prizes, including tickets and autographed merchandise, by registering for Packers Pass at Packers.com/passregister or through the Packers app.
“We’re excited to be bringing the Lambeau Field experience to fans all over Wisconsin with Lambeau Field Live this summer,” said Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy. “Our historic home is a special place, and we’re looking forward to sharing it, as well as the history of the Green Bay Packers, with fans throughout the state as part of our 100 Seasons celebration.”
As one of the oldest and most prestigious organizations not only within the NFL but in all of American professional sports, the Packers were pioneers in many respects within the sport and business of football. The organization has one interesting connection to aviation: it was the first team in the NFL to travel to a game by airplane. In 1940, the Packers, coached by Curly Lambeau, traveled to a game in New York via two Douglas DC-3s, flying out of Chicago after taking the train to the airport from Green Bay.
When the DC-3s stopped in Cleveland to refuel midway through the flight, the decision was made to take the train the rest of the way to New York due to some poor weather over the city at the time. The Packers lost that weekend’s game to the New York Giants, but had made history, even if it was a challenge. More on this story can be found in the official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 Program Book.