Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sleep Like A Packer

Green Bay’s Radisson Hotel and Conference Center

While there are numerous things we could focus on these days (head injuries, cancer awareness, re-naming teams with “insensitive” names, etc.), we thought we’d do a post on where the Green Bay Packers stay the night before home games at Lambeau Field. Yes, that’s right. Even before home games, the team stays together for various reasons, not the least of which involves the ease of team meetings and making sure they know where everybody is 12 hours before game time. From the Packer Fan Tours site: “The Radisson Hotel and Conference Center is connected to the Oneida Casino with 88,000 square feet of gaming and bingo, and located across the street from the Green Bay Airport (Austin Straubel International Airport). It offers the ambiance and amenities of a first-class resort with the convenience of nearby big-city services and attractions. And with the team staying at the hotel, you might even bump into a Packers player or two the night before the big game.”

A typical Radisson room.

We stayed at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee one time back in 1994 when the Packers stayed there before playing games at Milwaukee County Stadium. Sitting in the lobby on Sunday morning, we watched the players heading out to board the team buses, and got to say, “Good morning” to Reggie White. And we recall a young Brett Favre walking by in flip flops. We’re guessing things are bit tighter these days, security-wise, but you still might spot some players during a home game weekend stay at the Radisson. If you can get a room, that is.

We’re traveling to Minneapolis this weekend (ironically not for the Packers-Vikings game), and we’ll post anything we find up there that needs sharing.

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