70,000 sold out tickets. For a scrimmage?
What was going on in Green Bay Friday night?
Brought to you by multiple sponsors, Green Bay Packers Family Night was certainly more than the old Intra-squad game of back in the day. Fully a whole day and evening of pageantry, commerce, and adulation fraught with powerful symbols, Friday's Packers Family Night was a celebration of Packer culture, a massive pep rally for northern Wisconsin.And what a pep rally! Many hours before the scrimmage Lambeau Field parking areas became a carnival midway of food vendors, kids games, and sand sculptures
As the stadium filled up youth footballers were allowed to scrimmage on the sacred tundra.
Cultural symbols took center stage. The U.S. Army Golden Knights parachuted into Lambeau Field in a show of strength. The Oneida Nation conducted an Opening Ceremony, giving the event a religious feel, as if marking the start of a special religious season like Lent or Advent, Green Bay Packer Football Season.