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Fans came from across the country to cheer on Packers


GREEN BAY (WAOW)-- Lambeau Field was surrounded by a sea of green and gold. Cheese heads and pick-ups stretched as far as the eye could see.

Some fans only had to cross the street to cheer on their favorite team's first home game. Other fans traveled much further.

Amy Nicholson flew in from Kentucky. A self-proclaimed, "huge Packers fan," Nicholson was ecstatic to attend her first Packers game.

Bill Segal visited from Arizona. He said it had been years since he's been in Green Bay. When asked about the changes to Lambeau Field, Segal said, "it's a beautiful stadium. It looks completely different."

For some, tailgating is a fun way to spend the day. For others, tailgating is a way of life.

Stephen Gay has been coming to Packers games for 23 years.

Gay says he's had a passion for the Packers for as long as he can remember. When he was just a teenager, Gay made an investment that he would turn into a life long tradition.

"Many years ago, I started with some high school friends and came up with this concept of making a fun vehicle to go to games with," Gay explained. "It just tumbled on."

Gay said, "This is my child," referring to his Packers themed bus. "I spent money for college tuition on a bus."

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As an experienced tailgater and dedicated packers fan, Gay says he never turns down a chance to talk football with first-timers.

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter if they're from Wisconsin, Kentucky or Arizona. Everyone at the Green Bay tailgate party shares the same passion.

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