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Gridiron action
Crisp autumn days and football are the perfect combination for an exciting weekend. Whether you are heading north to the hallowed ground of Lambeau Field or west to Camp Randall, make the most of the experience.

By MARTIN HINTZ

September 2013

Hallowed Ground: More than 1 million fans and counting have taken the Lambeau Field stadium tour. Donít take a trip to Lambeau without stopping at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. The hall features nearly 80 exhibits, including a replica of legendary coach Vince Lombardiís office and, of course, the teamís four Super Bowl trophies.

Tailgate with a Capital T: Take in the free Tundra Tailgate Zone in the Lambeau Field east parking lot on Packers game day. This is the best blowout tailgate party in the NFL. The party features live bands, alumni autographs and great prizes, plus climate-controlled tents. Beverages and food, such as Sazís barbecue, is for sale. If you donít have a ticket to the game, you can watch the action on large television screens. TTZ opens four hours prior to kickoff. Closing is one hour after the end of the game.

Beyond the Game: Jump on a Segway and take to the Packers Heritage Trail, a self-guided walking tour presented on 22 commemorative plaques, made of all bronze and located at sites where the blended history of the Packers and their Green Bay fans unfolded. Highlights include Curly Lambeauís birthplace home and the former train depots where fans celebrated title-clinching victories.

Arrive in Style: Consider taking a motor coach to Madison for a Wisconsin Badgers game or to a Packers slugfest in Green Bay. Many offer beverage and food and a game ticket in the fee, plus entertainment and free WiFi.

Badgers Boutique: Stay and play after a Badgers game at Hotel Red, an ultra modern boutique hotel across the street from Camp Randall. Large balconies provide plenty of pregame party space with optimal views for crowd watching.

Start the Wave: Badgers fans will tell you any seat is a good seat as long as youíre inside Camp Randall Stadium. But if you want to relive your youth and get in the action, score a ticket in the student section. The crowd participation is electric, plus Bucky Badger and the marching band are right in front of you.

Badgerville Blowout: Stop by the official Wisconsin Athletics pregame party just steps from the stadium gates prior to Badgers home games. Live music will pump you up while you nosh at your choice of food vendors. The best part is admission is free.

Go Rugged: If you prefer your oval-shaped ball sport to be played without pads, check out the Milwaukee Barbarians, a menís rugby team formed last year. The team plays its home games at Zablocki Park in Greenfield, scheduled for Sept. 7, 28 and Oct. 12. www.milwaukeerugby.org

 


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