Fans clear and salt Lambeau Stadium seats before the Packers playoff game against the Seahawks on Sunday, Jan. 12. Green Bay Press-Gazette


GREEN BAY — Green Bay Packers fan Brian Fenske didn't get much sleep before Sunday's big playoff matchup versus the Seattle Seahawks.

It's not necessarily that Fenske was nervous about how the Packers would play but rather that he was in line outside Lambeau Field since 2 a.m. Sunday, in temperatures in the teens, waiting to shovel snow.

Fenske has answered the Packers call for help shoveling out the stadium for 10 years now. Even with tickets to Sunday's game, he said he wasn't going to miss the call for 350 people to take a shovel and help clear out the stadium for $12 an hour.


The team only requested 350 shovelers when it became clear an expected snowstorm would largely pass south and east of Green Bay. Green Bay Press-Gazette

The money is nice, but this kind of opportunity to help your team out doesn't happen anywhere else, Fenske said.

"It's our love of the Packers," Fenske said. "It's all for history. I feel like I'm part of history doing this. We're making it fun for everyone."

Fenske was a part of history regardless of how Sunday's game turns out. The Packers never had to put out the call for people to shovel out the stadium on the morning of a game. The team originally put out a call for 700 people when forecasts called for almost a foot of snow but revised its request down to 350 when it became clear the expected snowstorm would largely pass south and east of Green Bay.

Most of the snow fell to the east along the lakeshore and to the south Saturday night. Roads were clear for people coming in early to help shovel.

Their fans didn't let them down. A line of people started Sunday morning with Fenske and a group of others at the Fleet Farm Gate and stretched north around the stadium, past the Associated Bank Gate, almost all the way to the Kwik Trip Gate. People looking to help out were still arriving at 6 a.m.


Ted Eisenreich, Director of Facility Operations, discusses bringing in 350 people to salt and shovel the stadium before the Packers playoff game. Green Bay Press-Gazette

Ted Eisenreich, director of facility operations, said the stadium had more than enough people to brush off seats, benches and steps and coat the floor with salt. He said the stadium staff couldn't do it without the help of the fans.

"People were excited, happy and ready to go," Eisenreich said. "There's always a little nervousness when you change the number and it's early morning and cold outside, but it never fails: Our fans always come through for us."

Logan Buettner of Shawano and his dad, Gary, got in line a little more than 13 hours before the scheduled kickoff for Sunday's game. Buettner said he's glad to get the chance to see the stadium, since he won't be going to Sunday's game.

"It was a last-minute deal with the playoffs, but we're giving the Pack some support," Logan Buettner said. "For us it's more or less the experience of being in the stadium. It's been years since we've been to a game, so it was a nice chance to get inside."

The Fox Valley did not get any snow Saturday night, but folks driving home from Lambeau Field could see some accumulation after the game. The National Weather Service predicts 1 to 3 inches of snow for the area, mostly between 9 and 11 p.m., but continuing into the morning commute Monday.

The snow will be fluffier this time, making it easier to drive in without much blowing around, said Scott Berschback, a weather service meteorologist in Ashwaubenon.

People should still layer up if they're going to the game since temperatures are expected to be in the low 20s.

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