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Lambeau Field Tailgating

Posted at: 12/03/2012 10:42 PM
Updated at: 12/05/2012 11:11 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
lkennedy@wdio.com

In the hours before the Vikings and Packers took the field on Sunday, thousands of fans flooded the streets around Lambeau to tailgate. And the usual pregame feast is an ode to America's Dairyland.

Jim Sommerville and his daughter, Amanda, are Vikings fans living in Wisconsin. They make the trip to Green Bay once a year for this game.

"It's a Viking holiday. There's purple here for everyone. Lambeau is a great place to be," Jim said.

"The two of us are Vikings and my mom and brother are Packers fans," Amanda said. "We try to keep it civil for the most part at home."

The Sommervilles enjoy their pregame festivities with Paul Kampo near a decked out suv he designed.

"We built this one the year the Packers won their last Super Bowl," Kampo said. "Then we sold it to a friend of mine and we built this one this past season."

Kampo is a green and gold season ticket holder, a title that's rare in the Packer community.

"My kids I put on the waiting list when they were born," Kampo said. "They're 23 and 25 and right now they're at 7,000."

Annie Coughlin also inherited her seats.

"My first game was when I was 14 years old," Coughlin said. "My parents have been season ticket holders sitting in section 17, row 43 seats eight and nine since before they even sold season tickets."

She and her husband, Mike, tailgate with the same group every week,and have for nearly two decades. The crowd gathers around a Packer themed bus owned by Jessica Knutzen.

"It does have character. Everybody says it has character. It's signed on the inside, it's signed on the outside," Knutzen said. "It's kind of a rite of passage for people to come and sign the bus and be part of it."

Tailgating is as much of a tradition as football here at Lambeau Field. Vikings and Packers fans get together and tease each other just a little bit. The rivalry is friendly and the experience is unforgettable.