Sunday Night Football bus stops in Appleton

Posted at 11:21 PM, Oct 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-09 00:21:25-04

As the Packers prepare for their primetime matchup against the Giants, NBC's Sunday Night Football team is giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at the show's production.

It all takes place on the Sunday Night Football bus, making stops in Northeast Wisconsin throughout the weekend. On Saturday morning, fans had the chance to tour the bus at the Appleton Youth Football Association (AYFA) games at Appleton North High School.

It was a chance for some rising football starts in the AYFA to feel like professionals.

"Just being this close to the NFL and being a part of it, it's really cool. It's cool for the players and it's cool for all of us coaches," said Kip Golden, AYFA Vice-President.

The Sunday Night Football bus travels to the host city of each Sunday night game throughout the season. This weekend, it stopped in Appleton and Ashwaubenon.

Fans have the chance to hold the player of the game ball before it's given out Sunday night, and pretend they're broadcasters on a replica set. They also get the "Director's Experience," which includes a simulated control room for fans to see what it's like to put on the SNF production.

The SNF team said they love to see the kids' reactions. 

"It is amazing," said Adam Gatdula, Producer and Editor for Sunday Night Football. "I used to play football when I was young, so seeing them, it's a nice reminder and they're all full of energy."

For the AYFA, which is in its first season, Saturday's event was also good for the growing league.

"It's a great opportunity to come out and see the youth football program and see how it impacts the community," said Erik Hansen, AYFA Director of Public Relations and Player Personnel.

The Sunday Night Football bus will be parked at Lambeau Field on Sunday for fans to visit before the game against the Giants. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. on NBC26.