Packers Morning Buzz: Lambeau Field fans have become 'less rowdy'
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We'll start with JR Radcliffe exploring whether the fan enthusiasm at Lambeau Field has dwindled over the years and whether Gold Package fans (Milwaukee season-ticket holders) are less boisterous than their Green Package counterparts. New Packers coach Matt LaFleur has spoken about the need for a better home-field advantage in terms of crowd noise, and the team even trotted out a foghorn (which was widely panned) for one preseason game.
An explanation for changing crowd enthusiasm may not necessarily be solely related to in-game experience.
“I would say over the course of the last five years, I would agree the fans have become less rowdy,” said Mike Mertens, 37, a Bay View resident who attends a sampling of games in both the Green and Gold packages each year. “I don’t know if it’s because they’ve become less competitive. I would also say with the Green Package, you used to always see the same people. Everyone would go to all the games.
"People are getting older and television makes it a lot easier to watch it at home, but I think the bigger piece is the cost. Every year, it’s going up 5 to 7 percent, whatever it is. Is it really financially worth it? I think you’re trying to offset the cost a little bit (by selling a couple of games each year), and you lose that camaraderie around you.”
You can read JR's entire story here:
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