The Lambeau Field Stadium Tour, a popular attraction since its re-introduction last Oct. 20 in redeveloped Lambeau, welcomed its 100,000th patron Tuesday.
Ken Burton, of Mission Viejo, Calif., signed up to take a tour this morning at 9:30 a.m. and became the milestone tour taker in the process.
"I didn't know what to do when they told me I was the 100,000th person," said Burton. "We were excited to get here and go on the tour and then this happens. It's great."
Packers fans since the 1950s, the Ken and his wife, Frances, included their stop to Lambeau Field while they were in the Midwest to visit Frances' sister who lives in Marquette, Mich.
"We've been great fans of the team for so long," said Burton. "We enjoyed Vince Lombardi, Paul Hornung and Ray Nitschke...and now the recent players, too, like Brett Favre. We were excited to finally get the chance to come and see the stadium and then to be surprised with this...our friends won't believe it. It certainly makes it a fun visit."
For being the 100,000th person to take a stadium tour, Burton received a panoramic photo of Lambeau Field autographed by Packers President Bob Harlan, a $25 gift certificate to the Packers Pro Shop and a $50 gift certificate to Curly's Pub. Also, a photo of the Burtons will be included in a plaque to commemorate the event and will be placed on the wall near the entrance to the Packers Hall of Fame.
The Lambeau Field Stadium Tour is highlighted by a walk through the team tunnel to Lambeau Field and also allows fans to experience the Packers' history-rich facility first hand and see several behind-the-scenes areas. In many ways a new tour since the stadium's redevelopment, the current edition's attendance has far and away bested the all-time one-year high of the former tour, 25,000 patrons in 1998.