And the second sports franchise overall in the magazine's annual ranking. As you can see, these rankings involve a lot more than onfield performance. The "Lambeau experience" plays a big role here. I don't have a lot of experiences in NFL stadia outside of Lambeau. In fact, Soldier field, 1984, is the only NFL game experience I have outside of Green Bay.
But I do make a point to talk to fans of opposing teams (yes, even Vikings and Bears fans). But I've spoke with Redskins, Eagles, and other fans. They all are simply in awe of what it's like to watch a game at Lambeau Field. Interestingly, one of the things they've all pointed to is the graciousness of the home fans. Some call this the "college gameday" feel of a game in Green Bay. Maybe.
But I've always chalked it up to the fact that Packers fans really do know how fortunate they are to still have an NFL franchise in such a small market. Consider, what is now the #2 media market in America, Los Angeles, hasn't had an NFL franchise for nearly two decades. In those same two decades, The Green Bay Packers have been one of the most successful teams in the NFL. Truly amazing.