GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — UW-Green Bay student Vivian Vigus is a junior studying psychology with an emphasis in mental health. Originally from Stevens Point, she describes herself as a lifelong Packers fan. During football season, she says her family rarely misses a game.
"We tune in every Sunday, we invite family, we have food, we yell at the TV for sure,” Vigus said.
Vigus will be studying abroad in London during the fall semester, where she will have an internship as well as taking classes. When she learned that the Packers will also be in London this fall for their first regular season game overseas, she says she couldn't believe the odds.
"I was really excited. As a Packer fan, it's just amazing that they're getting to be able to actually travel there and do it. With COVID, it couldn't happen and so they actually get to experience traveling internationally and playing there,” Vigus said.
Although she's lived in Wisconsin all her life, Vigus says she's never been to a Packers game. She hopes to make this game the first, but whether she's in the stands or tuning in to the TV, she says she'll be ready to cheer for her favorite team.
"If I can’t go in person, I’ll definitely tune in," Vigus said. "Even when I’m not here, I’ll try to do the time differences and try to watch the games.”
If you're thinking of flying overseas to catch the London game, travel agents say you'll want to start planning your trip as soon as possible.
"This is going to be a very high demand game," said Pete Monfre, the owner of Midwest Travel Club. "You have not only the Packers who are very popular all around the world, but the New York Giants who are from the biggest U.S city.”
Monfre says travel agents can help make sure you buy your tickets from an accredited supplier and help you plan out your sightseeing while in London.
"With an event like this, the NFL will put on events before and after the game," Monfre said. "So if you want access to some of these special events, working with a travel agent that has access to vendors that have tickets reserved for these types of activities is a great way to make sure that you're included."
With a game with such high demand, he says everything from flights to hotel rooms will fill up quickly and only become more expensive the longer you wait.
"You’re not going to want to wait until the last minute because when the time comes, what you’re going to be able to find is going to be very, very expensive," Monfre said. "So now is the time, now that it's been announced, to start making plans and figuring out if this is something you can do."