I’m terribly lucky internationally. In 2016 I was in Punta Cuna with some friends and of course the divisional round game was on the program. Some Vikings fan tweeted the whole game. Eventually my redemption came, but it was much, much quicker. And that’s when I almost got banned from a resort in the DR. Also, during my honeymoon in Jamaica 10 years ago this September, I watched the first three quarters on a beach with a screen inflated, only to wake up to the biggest FAIL in pro sports history, at least that was a regular season.
The weirdest setting I’ve seen a Packers game in was in college. I was in my corner apartment and it was a night game against the Seahawks. I went to my room and noticed that I could see that a neighboring apartment had the game on, and it was late in the fourth quarter, so I looked through my blinds (and theirs) and witnessed the Fail Mary catch, then I was glad no one was there.
January 27, 1997, Super Bowl XXXI. I saw this game at Tokyo American Club. While the game was played in New Orleans on January 26th, we live in Japan so it was one calendar date later. I proudly carried my cheesehead to early morning game viewing and back home on the Tokyo subway. I even saw the replay of the night at an American bar with the cheese head on the train that night. Unforgettable!
In the barracks at Zweibrücken Air Force Base, Germany. This was during the Forrest Gregg era and the Packers were playing the Cowboys under Tom Landry. When the game started we all crowded into the day room to watch the game live. A few other boys and I cheered for the pack. Well, things weren’t going very well and at halftime I was the only Packers fan. They tried everything to get me to switch sides, but I didn’t! Appreciate what we all have!
The most unique place I’ve seen a Packer game was my first trip to Lambeau in 2003 with my dad. I was a 7 year old star watching a preseason game against the Titans when a thunderstorm halted play in the 1st quarter. When the game started again at 11:00 PM, we somehow made it to the fourth floor indoor box seats instead of our outdoor bowl seats. Years later, I go, when Brett Favre found out about the weather delay, he boarded a jet back to Mississippi and was home before play resumed. (Editor’s note: I was at the game too. We stayed until the bitter, bitter end).
Stephen of Winchester, Virginia
Deployed on a US Navy guided-missile cruiser in the Persian Gulf in the middle of the night after my watch was over while we kept losing signal from maneuvering and the ship rocking from the waves.
I watched Super Bowl XLV from an aircraft carrier conducting a major exercise off the east coast. One of my cohorts was a huge Steelers fan and we watched it together in our respective jerseys. The best part (besides the Packers win) was that another of my other cohorts was a huge Bears fan. We had bet during the NFCCG that the loser would be wearing a winner’s jersey during the SB, so he had on a good old #12. It was even better than watching SB XXXI from Japan.
Easy. The Packers NFC Division playoff game against the Cowboys in 2017. My daughter was born the day before the game so we were still in the hospital. The whole day was a blur, including the game. We were new parents trying to figure out what our new life would be like, also surrounded by visiting parents and my wife’s brother (big Cowboys fan). I also slept maybe two hours and just found out that our daughter broke her collarbone at birth. But I saw the throw!
In 2019 I was driving to work on a Sunday in remote northern Norway. My abode didn’t have Wi-Fi and my supplied mobile data couldn’t carry me through the Packers-Cowboys game, which started at 10:25 p.m. local time. Luckily my phone was still connected to the wifi in the office I had worked in before, but I didn’t have the keys yet. So the solution to watching the game was to park as close to the office as possible and fire the pack through the night alone in my car in the snowy parking lot!
Marcus from San Francisco, CA
I was watching the Packers vs. Vikings 2004 wild card game (Randy Moss’ moon game) outside on the patio of my fourth floor apartment in Yamagata, Japan. It was snowing, so I tried to recreate the Lambeau Field atmosphere. Disappointing result but an unforgettable experience.
I was deployed to Iraq in 2010-11 and watched our Super Bowl beat the Steelers from a large MWR tent at Kuwait’s Ali AL Saleem Airbase. I had a TV in my room in Iraq but had to fly a C-130 from Tallil to Forward Operating Base Garry Owen with a stopover in Kuwait. Halfway around the world I was still surrounded by Packers fans! GPG.
I remember watching the Packers playoffs from Balad Air Base, Iraq, culminating in me coming into work the night shift to watch the Super Bowl on a big screen. I used to think that it would have saved me from wasting a ton of coins and spared no expense to get to this game. Fast forward to the present, and I’m sparing no expense to see the pack in London to celebrate my 50th. Hope to see you there! (Editor’s Note: A special thanks to Bill and all of our military veterans who submitted their stories. Thank you for your service).
Jim from St. Pete Beach, FL
More the experience than the setting. The NFC wild card vs. Eagles in January 2011, surrounded the entire game by rabid Eagles fans who feared for my life until I high-fived people when the Eagles scored. When Tramon intercepted Michael Vick to seal the game, I couldn’t help but yell “Yes!” at the top of my lungs. A fan three rows down turned and yelled, “Who said YES?” He was READY to draw blood. I looked around unknowingly. Escaped alive and happy with a W.
Wayne from Lake Hallie, Wisconsin
I was in Mountain View, California on business in 1997 and found a Packers bar in San Jose to watch the Packers play the Broncos. Being so far from home I had no idea what to expect but was amazed to see it full of other Packer fans well before the game started. The atmosphere was amazing and everyone was so nice. It was like watching a game with 100 of your closest friends. Some drove five hours. Memories make us rich!
Last year against Arizona. It’s that time of year that I take my dad on an annual hunting/camping trip and because of the pandemic we canceled the previous year. We chose 2021. It rained the first night and we couldn’t sit by the fire so we stayed in the RV and played cribbage while listening to the game. Before the interception I said, “Either catch them and we lose, or they don’t and it’s kicked into overtime.” I was wrong and I will never forget that night. Memories make us rich.