For the fourth time in the franchise's history, and the first time since 1996, the Green Bay Packers will bring the Lombari Trophy back to Titletown, USA. The Super Bowl XLV winners are schedule to return home early Monday afternoon, and the city of Green Bay is ready to welcome home their Packers.
When the Packers touchdown after their flight from Dallas, they'll travel in a motorcade from Austin Straubel airport to Lambeau Field. The route is expected to take them on 172 Eastbound from the airport to Packerland Drive, North on Packerland to Hazelwood, East ondraft Hazelwood/Lombardi to Lambeau Field, with road closures starting around 1:15 p.m. local time.
With large crowds expected, officials have designated three different zones in which fans can gather: "It is the recommendation of the Green Bay Police Department that fans gather at Lambeau Field or in the vicinity."
This plan goes against what the city's mayor and other leaders were pushing for, which was for the Packers to hold a parade as part of the homecoming, but the team opted instead to travel straight to Lambeau Field, taking a route that intentionally bypasses downtown, something that hasn't sat well with fans.
"We haven't had the Super Bowl in how many years? It's just, it's a letdown," caller Paula said.
"I'd rather have them called the 'Ashwaubenon Packers,' because I just don't feel they support the city like they should," caller Joe said.
But Mayor Jim Schmitt remains supportive, saying, "The route that's planned is the best thing for the Packers and for everybody else."