GREEN BAY - Attendance for Packers Family Night hit a record high this year, with more than 63,000 fans flooding into Lambeau Field Saturday for one of the most watched scrimmages in professional football.
But Family Night was an all day affair for some die hard fans as they arrived early to soak up the tailgating fun in parking lots around the stadium.
"We are very excited this is his first time," said Jennifer Proksch from Dallas, Texas, talking about her 9-year-old son Owen.
Family Night offers many who have never been to a Packers game an affordable opportunity to see the Green and Gold in action.
"For a lot of people this will be their only opportunity to get into the stadium so we want to make this a good one and as fun experience as possible for them," said Captain Bill Galvin, Green Bay Police.
The newly redesigned Oneida Gate ushered in plenty of fans. And fans attending the nighttime scrimmage were the first to undergo new NFL restrictions on what is allowed to be brought into the stadium in order to make it safer.
Fans though seemed more concerned about ominous clouds that rolled in just as they began the move to the bowl.
"Just hope the weather holds out for us," expressed Kathy Borck from Minnesota City, Minnesota.
Inside the atrium, students from the Milwaukee School of Engineering recreated historic Lambeau Field out of Legos. The feat took several days to complete, but as impressive as it was, nothing compares to the real thing.
And while the Packers performed on the field, the fans in the stands let them know they were excited about what they were seeing. The cheers didn't go unnoticed by the players.
"The noise they made was incredible. It makes you feel really privileged to be a part of this organization," said Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers following the game in the locker room.
For some lucky fans, they got to go home with a jersey off a player's back. But for everyone in attendance a fireworks finale capped off the evening, with fans believing the sparks in the sky will be no match for the explosive play to come on the field this season.
And that's what Family Night is all about.
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