ASHWAUBENON – Fans spilled into the stands at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon Thursday morning.
Organized team activities, or OTAs, started this week for the Green Bay Packers.
Fans finally got their chance to see Packers rookies and veterans on the field at the same time.
“We do every year, just, we like it,” said Richard Waskow of Elmbrook.
“Watch them. First look at the 2014 team,” said Steve Tate of De Forest. “Go Pack Go,” he added.
“I couldn’t miss it,” said Holly Powell of Green Bay.
Those in the crowd found a way to be at the first OTA, no matter what.
“Took the day off of work to come and enjoy some Packer football,” said Stacy Wood of Black River Falls.
Others, who had to work, stopped by on their lunch break.
“It’s a beautiful day and I’m very excited about the Packers season,” said Powell.
Some caught the action in between naps.
“This is his first time here,” said Brea Barclay as she held two-month-old Donald Barclay. “He’s a big football fan already.”
The tiniest fan in the stands came to cheer on his dad, Packers offensive lineman Don Barclay.
“He’s got the chubby legs. I think he’ll be a football player someday, huh? We hope so huh? Say, ‘I’m ready to cheer on daddy!’” Barclay encouraged her baby.
Fans say the talent on the field appears to be in good condition.
“Everybody looks like they’re in shape, which is surprising. Kind of a long off-season,” said Tyler Lorenz of Seymour.
And the mix of veterans and rookies looked impressive to those who back the Pack.
“They mesh pretty well. So we’ll see how that translates in the regular season,” Lorenz said.
“Amazing. Of course. Especially Aaron. He was throwing really well. Everyone looks excited and it’s exciting to watch them,” Powell remarked.
Especially, fans say, in this environment.
“It’s a fun time it’s just really interesting to see them, like I say, on the level that they’re eye to eye with you,” said Patti Watson of Manitowoc.
Packers fans have the chance to take in two more OTAs. Tuesday’s practice is open. A week later, on June 10, fans will also be welcome at Ray Nitschke Field.
Packers Minicamp is slated for June 17 through the 19. It will also be at Nitschke Field and open to the public.
The first training camp practice is scheduled for July 26.