‘Football is back’: Thousands fill Lambeau for 20th Family Night

GREEN BAY, Wis. – For the first time since prior to the pandemic, Lambeau Field welcomed thousands of fans back for Packer football.

Saturday’s 20th annual Family Night marked somewhat of a return to normalcy for the Packers, and fans took full advantage of the ability to see the team back in action.

It’s just awesome,” said Terry Evans of Colgate. “This is our 8th year coming to this thing and what an event it is. It allows the family to come and enjoy the Lambeau experience.”

While the team didn’t take the field until shortly after 7 P.M. for practice, lots opened six hours prior. Evans, and countless others, took time to tailgate.

We’re here to hang out, spend time with people, cook some food, eat some food, enjoy some beverages, whatever we’ve got to do,” said Ken Leu of Watertown. “I think it’s the Midwest culture. I think if you’re from the Midwest, you just appreciate spending time with people who just want to hang out. We don’t have to agree on everything, maybe some of us disagree, but we’re all going to have fun though.”

While rain delayed the start of the event and temporarily forced fans into the stadium concourse, a clear evening allowed the event to take place as planned. 

“The feeling you get being inside the stadium is just one of a kind,” said Ally Leitchnam, a Colby native. “I don’t think any other stadium can match Lambeau field. It’s awesome to be back.”

The Packers will return to Lambeau field to open the preseason next Saturday, and will make their regular season home debut on Sept. 20 against the Detroit Lions.