Packers say some seat backs, foam pads survive seat-cushion ban

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The league’s new approach to stuff brought into a stadium becomes problematic in places where fans still place their butts on metal bleachers.  Apparently, the league is willing to soften (pun not intended but what the hell I’ll take it) the rules, a bit.

As unveiled last week, the new “bag” rule prohibits seat cushions, since explosive devices in theory can be hidden inside them.  According to FOX 11, the Packers say that “some seat backs and foam pads” will be permitted.

In a video posted at the team’s official website, director of security Doug Collins explains that the difference arises from the presence of pockets and zippers that “could house an illegal device that we do not want coming through the gates.”

The clarification apparently applies to every NFL stadium, but it’s relevant only in those venues where bleachers remain in place.

That’s yet another reason to get rid of bleachers.

75 responses to “Packers say some seat backs, foam pads survive seat-cushion ban

  1. As a season ticket holder at Lambeau I didn’t mind the bleachers until people started bringing the seat backs in and taking up all the room. Last year I got there 10 min before kickoff and my seat was completely gone because of all the chairs in the aisle. So I spent the entire game walking around watching the game from tvs in the bar areas.

    I’ve been to stadiums all over for NFL and MLB and Lambeau is the best 1 I’ve been to – but think it would be at another stratosphere with individual seats throughout the bowl.

  2. “That’s yet another reason to get rid of bleachers.”

    Or just cool it with all the paranoia.

  3. The bleachers are pretty important at Lambeau field, especially in winter when the seats get filled with snow. So much easier just to run a shovel across the bleachers than to clean out individual seats.

    Besides that, if you’re a fan at Lambeau, you’re supposed to be on your feet!

  4. If they need to “revise” or “soften” a policy, then it must not have been a well thought out policy to begin with. It seems, on the surface, that for some strange reason, they just want fans to stay home in the first place. The people who run the NFL has officially lost their minds.

  5. So…couldn’t explosive devices be sewn into the seat cushions without pockets or zippers? Wouldn’t the safer move be to have a sponsoring vendor supply the seat cushions and not allow outside cushions in? I understand the “tradition” of the bleachers at Lambeau, but why not have heated bleachers at least. I know, it raises cost, but there has to be a better way…

  6. They can’t get rid of the bleachers, since they will lose 10 to 15 thousand seats. That’s not a viable option for a team with a legitimate waiting list for season tickets that exceeds 85,000 names. Not seats, names.

  7. Holy crap greatgabbert, four troll posts in one packer story. I think that says more about you than it does about the pack!

  8. To replace the bleachers with chair seats at Lambeau would mean 10,000 + seats would be lost. How many ticket holders will voluntarily give up their season tickets? Not me. I just waited 30 years to get them.

  9. REAP THE WHIRL WIND GENTLEMAN!

    Team pack overpaid two bums who do better commercials than make plays on sunday and after we win the super bowl this yr you guys can watch BJ Raji team with Shariff Floyd for the next 5 years dominate your offense along with Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith.

    so brag about the 13 14 championships you guys have and the historic field because IT’S ALL PURPLE FROM HERE ON OUT SUCKA’S!

    MVPETERSON!

  10. REAP THE WHIRL WIND GENTLEMAN!

    Team pack overpaid two bums who do better commercials than make plays on sunday and after we win the super bowl this yr you guys can watch BJ Raji and Shariff Floyd for the next 5 years dominate your offense along with Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith.

    so brag about the 13 14 championships you guys have and the historic field because IT’S ALL PURPLE FROM HERE ON OUT SUCKA’S!

    MVPETERSON!

  11. All football fans should attend at least one live game in their lives, but after that they can stay home where the game is better spectated from anyway. Seats are cushioned, beer is cold and accessible, and I can store my shampoo and pressure cookers in duffle bags without the NFL getting suspicious.

  12. Bleachers in a pro football stadium? LOL and the fans are proud of it too haha. Even high schools don’t have bleachers anymore. What a laughing stock!

  13. Gabbert, honestly! You must be so accustomed to fake laughter you don’t even notice it any more! My god! Some of the lamest jokes I’ve ever heard! ANYWHERE!

  14. Yeah, like the lack of a zipper is going to stop a terrorist/ gun nut from cutting open a seat cushion, hiding his weapons, and sewing it back up again.

  15. The packers are a horrible franchise. What a waste of a great DT in RAJI. They should change their names from the packers, I think a good name would be the sconi’s, or the wishwestillhadbretts, although that is kind of long and would be tough to merchandise. I know you all agree with me so Thanks!! and have a great weekend.

  16. And let me guess, the NFL will conveniently have some approved cushions designed and marketed only by them for GB fans to buy at 10 times what they should cost.

  17. “Relevant only in those venues where bleachers remain in place”?? Does that mean that any venues where it happens to be cold and you might want a seat cushion, that you’re S.O.L.?

  18. More rude crude behavior from the usual suspects here on pft — suffering from Packers Envy.

    Didn’t your mothers teach you anything?

  19. let me guess – you’re allowed cushions as long as you’re one of the sheep to buy $200 stock shares. Shares that never, ever increase in val..oh nevermind you will buy it anyway

  20. 1) Bleachers allow more people into the stadium. Lambeau Field is one of the largest capacity stadiums in the NFL.

    2) Bleachers allow for snow and ice removal.
    In Green Bay people have volunteered to shovel snow out of the stadium for decades but some lawyer says that people now have to be paid when they do that even when they don’t want to be paid.

    3) Bleachers allow easier entry and egress from the stadium and more rapid access in and out of seats during halftime.
    The is very important with Lambeau Field being one of the largest capacity stadiums in the NFL.

    4) Bleachers allow easier clean up and Lambeau Field is the cleanest stadium I have ever seen.

    5) Green Bay has a very low crime rate.
    Chicago has more murders in one night than Green Bay has had in the last 3 years. Minneapolis has over 30 times the murders of Green Bay.

    6) The Packers have over 100,000 people on the waiting list for season tickets. Nobody gets out of line at Lambeau Field because losing one’s season tickets for a small infraction would mean a wait of over a 1000 years to get them again.

  21. Have you seen the size of people from Wisconsin?? No extra cushioning is needed. Ever.

  22. Agree. I hate sitting on the benches @Lambeau. Too many fatties(full disclosure, I weigh 220) make it necessary to sit angled until half time. Of course, once everyone returns from the piss house and beer hut, same story. I haven’t been to Lambeau since 2010, not planning on going back until latest expansion is finished.

  23. ddjesus, Lambeau isn’t what it was even 10yrs ago. More about being seen rather than being heard. A lot of “Look at me. I’m at Lambeau on gameday, smile for the cameras!”

  24. The frozen, aluminum bleachers are just as much a part of Lambeau as the tailgating, beer and the chant of “GO Pack GO”. They also help to keep some of the whiny (purple)fans from opposing teams out. The bleachers must stay!

  25. When are the Packers going to tear down that dump & build a decent stadium? I have to admit that Lambeau does look like the rest of Green Bay (broken down & dilapidated), so it fits right in to the surroundings.

  26. No need for seat cushions. The NFL ought to come out with its own official brand of hemorrhoid cream.

    They can “fill the void” so to speak without allowing padded cushions into the stadium.

  27. Set your butt on a cold metal seat in Orchard Park sometime without a cushion? Bills fans can relate and we are up in arms over this rule.

    I am sure we will be able to purchase a league approved, and expensive I might add, seat cushion once we get through the gates.

  28. I wanted to point out to the people making bad jokes that a quick google search reveals that Wisconsin ranks #25 in % obesity, the exact median state.

  29. its 2013- there are still bleachers at professional football games? so no only do you have to eat a hotdog and beer thatll make you save up you next week check for 1 apiece–you get to do it with splitting aches in your butt and back!? well i guess thats what the beer is for huh?

  30. Apparently some of you don’t understand what the whole bleacher thing is about, including the genius behind this article, Florio himself.

    You see, it’s called HISTORY…a little something Vikings fans have a hard time coming to terms with (I would too if my team sucked as much). The whole reason they kept the bleachers is because they were part of the original stadium…tough concept to understand Queenies, I know. And whereas we cherish our stadium as being a relic and part of the franchise’s history, most others (especially those 300 or so miles to the west) just let theirs fall apart or demolish it completely when it is deemed useless. Then again, I would tear down the Humpteydump too if I had the chance.

    And yeah, Florio, try shoveling snow out of your typical seating…not too fun when you can just clear it off a bench in half the time. Duh.

    p.s. – why not just install xray machines or station k9 units to sniff out explosives if it is that big of a paranoia issue?

  31. How about they do it like NASCAR and at every track you can rent their seat cushion for a small fee like $3. I have seasons in Buffalo the entire stadium save a few seats in the lower bowl are bleachers and in the winter are covered in ice , snow rain . We better be able to bring in the standard , officially licensed cushion they have been selling INSIDE the stadium for like $15 for the last 30 yrs still . The NFL is out of hand !

  32. With the current South End Zone Expansion scheduled to open in time for the regular season, Lambeau Field will have close to 40% individual seating. The bleachers are still the best for game-day atmosphere….the absolute best. It’s for fans that feel a real connection. I’ve had plenty of opportunities to upgrade my season tickets, which have been in the family since 1957, and I never will. I don’t need a seatback or heated socks or a place to store my Gucci picnic basket. I’m usually on my feet as are the people around me. The only people complaining are the out-of-towners. By the way……the beer sales are cut off late in the game directly due to previous experiences of visiting fans from Minnesota. Fact. I repeat…..Fact. They are the most obnoxious ungrateful bunch of superiority-complexed malcontents I have ever beat up.

  33. duluthvikesfan says:
    Jun 22, 2013 8:53 AM
    You can’t trade bleachers for real seats in Green Bay. No Packer fan would fit in a real seat!
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    Hummm. Is it only a coincidence that the new Viking Stadium plans for larger seats “to accommodate a larger demographic than historical precedence, seat width TBD in final design.” Why would they do that? Neither I or anybody outside of Minnesota sees a difference between people from Minnesota and people from Wisconsin.

    By the way….I’m from Duluth too….born and raised. I return often to see family and friends. Not many skinny-Minnys walking around.

  34. filthymcnasty1 says:
    Jun 22, 2013 10:21 AM
    Those bleachers have seen a lot of championships.

    ——————————————
    It sounds like attendance has been good, so the bleachers haven’t “seen” much of anything. Unless FILTHYMCNASTY1’S idea of a championship is the only piece of men’s anatomy that the bleachers HAVE seen. Guess your name says it all.

  35. So if someone is dedicated and evil enough to carry in a bomb in a bag – they wont be able to figure out how to resew a cushion?

    joke policy

  36. Gotta make as much room as they can for those ever-grown Packer fan waistlines. Already had to expand the stadium because fans were taking up 2 to 3 seats a person. Plus industrial-strength steel bleachers are the only seats that can hold them anyways.

  37. I really believe commentators on this thread should be limited to those who attended NFL games before 1970.

    Stellarperformance: Very well said.

    Before Tiger Stadium got individual seats for the sidelines, cushions were available for rent. Only two persons have mentioned the possibility of that in Lambeau. OTOH, that is a chance for greedy owners to charge extortionately and make more money, but who owns the Packers?

    The bomb threat is over-reacting IMHO.

    I go only to prep games now. That’s where real football is played.

  38. bobnelsonjr says:Jun 22, 2013 3:37 AM

    5) Green Bay has a very low crime rate.
    Chicago has more murders in one night than Green Bay has had in the last 3 years. Minneapolis has over 30 times the murders of Green Bay.
    _____

    Yes, but I’ll bet the suicide rate is higher in Green Bay.

  39. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 22, 2013 11:47 AM

    bobnelsonjr says:Jun 22, 2013 3:37 AM

    5) Green Bay has a very low crime rate.
    Chicago has more murders in one night than Green Bay has had in the last 3 years. Minneapolis has over 30 times the murders of Green Bay.
    _____

    Yes, but I’ll bet the suicide rate is higher in Green Bay.

    ************************************************

    In MN they just stand on a bridge and wait for the end.

  40. lambeau is a dump its a joke of a stadium. really bleachers get with the times you LOSERS.!!!!! Someone bitch about how he dose not like seat cushions and said he was forced to leave cause of that. spent the rest of his time wondering around the stadium to watch the game and said it was the greatest stadium around?????? wtf is this loser on.!!!!!.

  41. Lambeau is typically not compared to other football stadiums, but rather to the Grand Canyon, the Sistine Chapel, the pyramids in Egypt and other great wonders of the world. It’s quite incredible that all that majesty has been bestowed upon tiny Green Bay, Wisconsin. Or as the world likes to call it – Titletown.

  42. filthymcnasty1 says:
    Jun 22, 2013 1:04 PM
    tiny Green Bay, Wisconsin. Or as the world likes to call it – Titletown.

    When ESPN ran its title town contest on 2008 voters across the country chose Valdosta, GA. Ouch huh! So much for your claim.

  43. contra74 says:
    Jun 22, 2013 1:40 PM
    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Jun 22, 2013 1:04 PM
    tiny Green Bay, Wisconsin. Or as the world likes to call it – Titletown.

    When ESPN ran its title town contest on 2008 voters across the country chose Valdosta, GA. Ouch huh! So much for your claim.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    OK…..find it on a map without looking it up. Ouch.

    Have you ever seen that commercial where the limo driver is excited because he thinks he’s picking up Michael Jordan and it turns out to be a chubby white accountant from St. Paul? Same name….but not quite the same. It’s kind of like that.

    Let me give you some advice….don’t make your shark-jumping so obvious. Desperation has an odor.

  44. Why are Bears and Vikings fans complaining about Lambeau’s seating? Why do they care?

    As a Packers fan, I’d rather eat steak in a lawn chair than eat McDonalds in an ultra-comfy recliner, if you get my metaphor.

  45. beerbratscheese says:
    Jun 22, 2013 2:42 PM
    Why are Bears and Vikings fans complaining about Lambeau’s seating? Why do they care?

    As a Packers fan, I’d rather eat steak in a lawn chair than eat McDonalds in an ultra-comfy recliner, if you get my metaphor.
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    Bravo! Couldn’t have expressed in better…..and with so few words too. Great post. Two thumbs up.

  46. Jun 22, 2013 2:25 PM
    contra74 says:
    Jun 22, 2013 1:40 PM
    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Jun 22, 2013 1:04 PM
    tiny Green Bay, Wisconsin. Or as the world likes to call it – Titletown.

    When ESPN ran its title town contest on 2008 voters across the country chose Valdosta, GA. Ouch huh! So much for your claim.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    OK…..find it on a map without looking it up. Ouch.

    Right because the thriving metropolis of Green Bay is known for its…well they’ve got that new…didn’t they just open up a…wow, what’s Green Bay got outside of a football team? Wouldn’t surprise me if it didn’t show up in some maps considering its in flyover country.

  47. contra74 says:
    Jun 22, 2013 1:40 PM
    When ESPN ran its title town contest on 2008 voters across the country chose Valdosta, GA. Ouch huh! So much for your claim.
    +-+-+

    Which means zilch.

  48. Coleman121 – keep living in the future, because Mini will never be the best as far as “now” is concerned.
    Viachicago – Illinois has a higher obesity rate than Wisconsin, big boy.
    All the haters – you know that you wish your team wasn’t owned by some multi-billionaire who may move it in a few years if the city and state don’t give him what he wants. You know the friendly tailgaters at Lambeau are some of the nicest, friendliest people you’ll ever meet. You know you wish your team had the title history of the Packers. You know you wish you were part of Packer Planet. And we know it too.

  49. I love all the fat jokes coming from Vikings fans and bears fans, they must not realize their states are right next Wisconsin, I think all their fat is in the head and their brains in their a**

  50. Why is every body talking about eating steak in lawn chair’s
    This is about sitting on a steal bench
    in the cold eating raw a$$ bratz and cheese in that little funky rat hole. they shoud put some seats in there.

  51. It’s hilarious– and not as intended– reading the comments from the trolls on this site.

    Funniest of all is Bears and Vikings fans ripping into Lambeau. One of those teams has a stadium that their OWN FANS dubbed “The Mistake on the Lake” and “The Monstrosity of the Midway.” The other has one of the most run down, ill-suited venues in all of pro sports that suffered the embarassment of a collapsing roof.

    As for the rest of the league, there are a few storied venues– Candlestick, Arrowhead, etc.– but all fall short of Lambeau in either quality as a facility, quality of their history, or both. Beyond that you have aging, unliked venues like the Superdome, or cookie-cutter modern stadiums that are great for fan comfort, but offer little by way of legend or connection to their teams’ histories.

    Anyone who hasn’t attended a game at Lambeau ought to go support their team next time they play there. It’s an experience that transcends team rivalries and speaks to the history of the whole NFL. Bleachers and all.

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