GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- The wait to go tubing in the Packers' Titletown District is over. Ariens Hill is officially open.
Tubing on Ariens Hill at night (WBAY photo)
It's the final piece of this phase of Titletown District developments, along with the ice skating rink and bistro that opened earlier this fall.
President president/CEO Mark Murphy says Ariens Hill adds to the Winter Wonderland feeling of the new park.
"We were looking forward to seeing Ariens Hill become another destination here in Titletown for families, community members, come together to celebrate every winter and year round," Murphy said.
"We will have the hot chocolate when you want a warm up, but in conjunction with skating and tubing we are going to bring a lot of people into the community for all winter long. If we can't have a playoff, let's go tubing right?" Ariens president Dan Ariens said.
The ribbon was cut Thursday afternoon, soon followed by the ceremonial first ride down by leaders of the Packers, Ariens, and the Village of Ashwaubenon.
Then, there was a constant stream of riders in both lanes.
Riders must be at least four years old and 42 inches tall.
The ride starts 46 feet up, taking riders down a hill that's 100 yards -- yes, the length of a football field -- from start to finish.
You have to use Titletown's own tubes, which are provided. The tubes are put on a conveyor belt to go back up to the top of the hill for another ride -- but if you want another ride, it's another walk up those stairs.
It's a swift end after a long walk up the stairs, but people were all smiles at the bottom.
Tickets cost $3 for each ride down the hill. Tickets are sold at a kiosk near the 46-Below Bistro.
The Packers originally said rides would cost $5 each or $10 for unlimited rides. They call the current $3 ride their grand opening pricing, and no unlimited ride tickets are being sold yet.
Spokespeople say they have not determined an end date for this grand-opening pricing.