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Hundreds descend on Titletown


They come from all over. Long Beach, California, Evansville, Indiana, and Boston Massachusetts. But, they all have one thing tying them together.

"We're big Packers fans, we can't get enough," Emily Adler said. Adler traveled all the way from Evansville, Indiana for the Packers first training camp.

Hundreds of others had the same idea. Fans packed Ray Nitschke Field to witness the beginning of what many are already calling a winning season.

"It gets everyone's blood pumping a little bit," Carter Smith said.

The most dedicated of fans lined up bright and early. They were all hoping to get a glimpse of their favorite players making a grand entrance. For more than fifty years players kick off training camp with some light cardio, hopping on the bikes of their youngest fans.

"Time to get back into football mode," Packer fan Josh Kiefert said.

But, for one little girl her ticket to Titletown came in the form of a homework assignment.

"For history day last year we did a research project and I did it on the Green Bay Packers," Weston resident Cassidy Bradfish said.

And that project landed itself in the Packers Hall of Fame.

"They are going to put it in the fan zone," Bradfish explained. "It is so cool I can't even describe it."

But, for these fans, the coolest thing is when the Lombardi Trophy makes it way back to Lombardi Avenue.

And a new season, means new hope, and a sign that the sting of last year's loss is almost forgotten.

"Everyone is just glad the season is starting," Carmel Mellinger said.

The regular season is five weeks away. But, the fans excitement is already mid-season form.

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