By Patrick Lynn
Stevens Point football fan Patrick Suplicki has been nominated for the Green Bay Packers Fan Hall of Fame.
Patrick Suplicki was nominated by his daughter, Patrice Suplicki.
In her nomination, Patrice Suplicki said her father’s dreams of becoming a Green Bay Packer were sidelined by a high school injury, but it only “deepened” his love for the game.
Patrick Suplicki attends several Packers games each year, and in 2010 began turning his basement into the ultimate fan base.
The renovations took five years to complete, according to Patrice Suplicki.
“The Packers basement has a bar area with tons of pictures from games attended, Packers memorabilia, Packers ceiling fan, player cards inlaid into the bar top, Packers bar stools, the list goes on,” she wrote. “In the Packers room, looking up you will see Lambeau Field on the ceiling that my father painted himself. The walls are lined with hundreds of signatures, photos, starting lineups, etc.”
The basement is often filled with friends during Packer games, she said.
“The cheers and screams fill the entire house, which is the only way my father prefers it,” she wrote.
Patrick Suplicki’s room has been featured in a number of local news publications. Patrice Suplicki said the family gets calls from “all over the city praising my father’s work and asking if they could come see it in person.”
Patrick Suplicki said the nomination was an honor.
“To be nominated and selected as a finalist is the ultimate honor as a Packers fan,” he said. “It is one of the greatest ways that I can honor not only my father (Elgie), who is the one who introduced me at the age of three to the Packers, but also all the Packers fans in my family who have come before me and will continue to come after I am gone.”
The Packers Fan Hall of Fame began in 1999, with winners chosen by popular vote. The nominee who receives the most votes each year is named as the honorary fan and is inducted into the Fan Hall of Fame.
The winner receives four club seats to a Packers home game; a $500 Packers Pro Shop gift certificate; a road trip for two to a Packers away game, including game tickets, airfare, and hotel accommodations; and a one-year subscription to Packers Plus.