The way I see it, you have Green Bay Packers fans and then you have all the other 31 teams fans. Granted there are some teams that have fans that are hard-core, live and breathe with their team’s success and would run a close second, third and fourth in the league.
In my opinion some of the best fans are:
- Raider’s fan – they are scary dedicated
- Steeler’s fans, with their Terrible Towels
- Chief’s fans, (do they even allow opposing team’s fans in the stadium? All I ever see is an ocean of red in the stands)
But hands down, the best of the best have got to be Packers fans. Packers fans are usually fanatics, plain and simple. The saying that they “bleed green and gold” is probably true. Packers fans are enthusiastic and hopeful. They are friendly and considerate. They appreciate most other teams in the NFL for what they have accomplished. Rivalries are generally all in fun, for bragging rights but for the most part harmless.
Whether they are dressing up in outrageous costumes or donning the jersey of their favorite player, Packers fans are proud of their team and support them with every fiber of their beings. There are Packers fan clubs all over the world. The fan base in the US is strong in all 50 states. Now, if you consider for a moment that the Green Bay Packers are based out of a very small town in Wisconsin, without a huge metropolitan area to support it, it’s pretty amazing.
Sure, there are other fans of other teams that live outside of the state the team is based out of, but most other teams have the benefit of a “built-in” fan base. If you live in the town of an NFL franchise team, you mostly would grow up supporting the “home” team.
For the Packers, however, fans across the country root for them and consider them their “home” team even if they don’t live anywhere near Green Bay. I think that says a lot about the character of a team and the character of the fans.
I don’t think anyone is ever a past Packer fan. They are usually Packer fans for life….just like me.
Now, for a little informational history on our fans.
The Packers’ fan base is famously dedicated: regardless of the team’s performance, every Packers game at Lambeau Field has been sold out since 1960. Despite the Packers having by far the smallest local TV market, the Packers have developed one of the largest fan bases in the NFL. Each year they consistently rank as one of the top teams in terms of popularity.
The Packers have one of the longest waiting lists for season tickets in profession sports with about 74,000 people as of May 3, 2007. In 2008 the list grew by more than 4,000 names. There are now more names on the waiting list than there are seats at Lambeau Field. The average wait time for season tickets is said to be over 30 years; yet if a name were to be added to the list today, the estimated wait could extend well over 100 years. For this reason, it is not unusual for fans to designate a recipient of their season tickets in their wills or place newborn infants on the waiting list after receiving birth certificates.
Each year the team holds an intra-squad scrimmage, called Family Night, at Lambeau Field. During 2004 and 2005 over 60,000 fans attended, selling out the stadium bowl. The Packers hosted the Buffalo Bills for the 2005 edition of Family Night setting an attendance record with 62,492 fans attending.
In August 2008, ESPN ranked the Packers as having the second-best fans in the NFL. The team initially finished tied with the Steelers as having the best fans, but the tie was broken by ESPN’s own John Clayton a Pittsburg native.