Citizen shovelers? Nothing new for Lambeau crew

Published Dec. 17, 2010 12:36 a.m. ET

For some people, it might be their only chance to see the inside of Lambeau Field.

Others are Green Bay Packers season-ticket holders showing their loyalty to the team. Then there are folks who just need some extra money around the holidays in a struggling economy.

They'll all be in line at Lambeau Field at 8 a.m. Friday, ready for some shoveling.

''It's become a tradition for some people,'' says Ted Eisenreich, the Packers' director of facility operations. ''We see a lot of the same faces year after year.''

In Minnesota, a band of citizen shovelers is scrambling to clear snow so the Vikings can play a game Monday night. That sounds familiar in Green Bay, where the Packers have done the same thing for more than 40 years.

This week, the Packers once again put the word out that they need local folks to show up and shovel out Lambeau Field on Friday. On the team's website, the Packers say they need as many as 450 people.

Shovelers need to be at least 15 years old and will receive $8 an hour. The Packers say they even will provide the shovels.


Meanwhile in Minneapolis, there's a scramble to get the University of Minnesota's football stadium ready for the Vikings' Monday night game against the Bears after snow damaged the Metrodome.

The school offered people $10 an hour to help clear snow at its stadium. They were so overwhelmed with the response Thursday morning that officials put out word that no more shovelers were needed for the day.