When I was 17 years old, I wrote the first version of my "Life List" - things that I wanted to accomplish. Over the years, that list has evolved, and I have crossed a bunch of things off of it. Many of the things from my 30 Before 30 list are taken directly from that list, but so many couldn't make the cut. Usually, it was because they were too big or unrealistic to accomplish in this year, but I needed to make sure one of those things happened.
This past weekend it did!
Go to a football game at Lambeau
Yes, the home of my bitter rivals, but THE stadium in the NFL. The MLB has Fenway and Wrigley. The NBA has MSG. And the NFL has Lambeau.
Kristen and I planned on going at some point, but through a random conversation of happenstance with my friend Shannon who is originally from Green Bay, and she was one of the main reasons this dream became a reality.
I had tickets, and we were set to go. But just for fun, I checked tickets just before the game to see if prices were going down. They were. Tickets in the front row were staring me in the face, cheap enough that it could actually be a consideration. So I spent the next 12 hours talking myself into doing it. The best part? Kristen had no idea.
We spent the day in Green Bay taking it all in. Wandering the tailgates, checking out the merch stands, wandering the town, taking photos with the statues, and seeing the Thursday Night Football stage come to life. As discreetly as I possibly could, I picked up my new tickets and still had to sell my originals - so I told Kristen about an upgrade, but I kept our location a surprise. I sold my tickets to someone and got a good chunk of money back, and we headed to the stadium.
Once we decided to take our seats, we entered and went down the stairs. And kept going. And kept going. Kristen thought since nobody was really checking tickets that we were just going to check out the field before the game. I told her these were our seats. Cue the confusion. I showed her the tickets. Cue the waterworks. In that moment, it instantly became worth it!
The game was a nightmare. Unless you're a Packers fan. A completely one sided domination in favor of the home team, but that made the energy inside the stadium electric. It was a truly incredible experience, and one that we will never forget.