Posted Thursday, September 12, 2013 --- 11:24 a.m.
From our news partner, WLUK in Green Bay:
GREEN BAY - If you are going to the Packers game this weekend, you'll still be able to enjoy a flyover.
Earlier this year, federal budget cuts grounded most military flyovers at sporting events. However, the Packers are paying up to keep the tradition going.
The Packers say they're paying for four planes to fly over Lambeau Field for the team's home opener.
“All of our surveys come back saying that the fans love the flyovers, but it also just seems so patriotic and it's a great way to start the kickoff game,” said Kandi Goltz, the team’s game and fan development manager.
The team isn't saying what the cost is for Sunday’s flyover.
The planes will be from the Aeroshell Aerobatic team. The air team is a regular at EAA Airventure in Oshkosh and Thunder on the Lakeshore in Manitowoc.
“We're getting a lot of interest for a lot of different venues that are normally used to being able to bring over military, whether it be the Guard or one of the jet teams or whatever,” said Greg Gibson with Aeroshell Aerobatic Team. “Now that they're getting creative, making an opening for folks like us that are normally in the airshow business.”
“There is a cost to it, so as far as booking them we thought this game was important with it being our kickoff game, the very first game,” said Goltz. “We wanted to kick off the season right, so we're looking at maybe having a couple more.”