350+ arrive to shovel at Lambeau Field ahead of playoff game

GREEN BAY, Wis. - More than 350 people showed up at Lambeau Field to shovel snow and spread ice melt Sunday morning, causing some people to be turned away.

"Looked at the forecast yesterday morning, there was still a slight chance we might get an inch or something overnight, so we didn't want to go too low. We wanted to make sure we had enough help if we needed it," said Ted Eisenreich, director of facilities for the Packers.

The Packers announced Saturday morning that "while the updated forecast called for lower snowfall amounts, Lambeau Field will still be in need of 350 helpers for removing snow and spreading ice melt Sunday morning."

Hundreds lined up for the chance to help out their team.

"Just shoveling the stadium just feels like a different way to cheer for your favorite team. Also, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to be in Lambeau Field at sunrise," said Matthew Borck, who drove up from Milwaukee.

"It's my 6th time, I've never shoveled ice, but I shoveled snow, but i've been a dire hard all this time," said Mitchell Laberge of Bonduel.

The Packers initially called for 700 volunteers, but reduced the amount of volunteers needed when the forecast changed.

All shovelers will receive $12 per hour, with payment to be made immediately upon completion of their work.

"We couldn't do it without them. That's one things we stress with our staff, to make sure we thank everyone for coming. We need them and we couldn't do it without them," said Eisenreich.