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How to dress for Green Bay weather

Jul. 10, 2012 7:36 PM
 
How to dress when it's cold at Lambeau Field. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media
How to dress when it's cold at Lambeau Field. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media
You may not want to dress like this when it's cold at Lambeau Field. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media

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From the dog days of summer to the frozen tundra, a Packers season will put fans through the extremes of Green Bay weather.

Fans can find themselves sweating at 100 degrees one month and freezing in 10 degrees below zero in another.

That said, the apparel at home games can range from a few coats of green and gold paint to six layers and a snowmobile suit.

Before claiming your spot at Lambeau Field, always check the weather and dress accordingly.

Preseason heat

Believe it or not, it's not always snow and frigid temperatures in Green Bay. There are times when it can get hot, especially when you're packed in with more than 70,000 of your closest friends.

For August games, throw on the shades and a hat. The last three years, the Packers have created specialized caps – a pink cap for breast cancer, a red cap for heart disease and a gray cap for veterans.

Janelle Maricque, assistant manager of the Packer Pro Shop, recommends clothing with polyester blended materials and moisture wicking fabrics “to keep you cool.”

The material, which can be called wick fabric or dry tech, ensures fans fend off the sweat when the sun’s beating down.

“Whether you’re lining the fence during training camp or it’s the first games of the season when it’s so warm, this wicks the moisture off your body to keep you cool,” she said.

Sometimes it rains

When the rain starts pouring, players and coaches on the sideline are fitted with $300 rain suits -- but there are cheaper options for the average cheesehead.

Maricque said bright yellow rain ponchos are the favorite among fans. Depending on weather forecasts, she said the Pro Shop can sell anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 ponchos in one day.

Ponchos at the Pro Shop are $7.50 and can be found around the city for varying prices.

The two-toned poncho, offered last year, is no longer available.

At last resort, a black garbage bag can work. Don't even think about bringing an umbrella – they are not allowed under the team's carry-in policy.

When it's the frozen tundra

The site of the 1967 Ice Bowl, where an elderly man died due to exposure, and the 1985 Snow Bowl, where about two-thirds of the stadium was empty because of a snowstorm, Lambeau Field has earned the title the Frozen Tundra.

While the winter gear typically doesn’t come in until early October, Maricque said the fans love to dress like the players and coaches, making the sideline more like a runway for the latest in winter apparel.

“If you see the players wearing it and you want it, you gotta get it right away,” she said. “We run out of that so fast.”

While five layers usually work for the coaches on the sideline, fans are not moving around as much as coaches and may have to do more to keep warm.

Fan footwear

The typical game day must-have continues to be a green-and-gold jersey stamped with a favorite player’s number.

However, diehard fans may want to show their spirit from head to toe.

The Pro Shop will feature a number of styles of Packers Reebok shoes – five for men and two for women, Maricque said. Men’s and women’s sandals also are available.

Updated July 2012

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