GREEN BAY — 63 thousand. One hundred. And fifty–six. That’s how many fans showed up to see a training camp practice for the Green Bay Packers.
“It was a cool atmosphere. Even though it was a rain delay, I didn’t expect that many people to be here. It was fun. The fans here are very loyal as you can see. It was a cool experience just to be out there on the field and get used to the field before you get out there for that first pre-season game so it was cool,” tight end Lance Kendricks said.
“It was definitely good to see everyone in the stadium. Obviously it was raining and not great weather, but it eventually got filled up and for the young guys, this is their first time they get to play in front of a crowd so that’s always a good experience for them,” said tight end Richard Rodgers.
It was an especially eye–opening experience for rookie cornerback Kevin King.
“I saw a couple “20” jerseys. It was definitely to get out there and get a dress rehearsal for things. First time under the lights at Lambeau with the people actually there, so it felt good,” King said.
“For the rookies to get out here for the first time, the eyes are big. So they are sort of getting the swing of it and you got to calm them down. Tell them to just do what you’re coached to do amd just have fun. It’s just like any other practice,” quarterback Brett Hundley said.
The team wanted to simulate the game day experience so there was an 11–on–11 scrimmage as well as full use of the video board. And on the field, head coach Mike McCarthy was pleased with the team’s energy level and execution.
And at the end of the night, there was a spectacular fireworks show to cap off the event. Green Bay will be back at Lambeau Field on Thursday as they open the NFL pre-season against the Philadelphia Eagles.