Owner Wyman Stacey says he's "out in the middle of nowhere," but to Green Bay fans in Colorado, his Rocky Flats Lounge is a Packers' sanctuary at over 5,000 feet in the middle of Denver Broncos country.
Full of Green Bay memorabilia, the establishment has been a Packers' headquarters in the Rockies since 1984, when the lounge purchased a satellite dish. It all kicked off from humble beginnings.
"It just happened by accident," Stacey said. "One day a Packers' fan came in about 25 years ago and asked if I minded if he came by on Sunday with about 20 friends to watch the game. I told them to come on over, and that's how it got started."
The lounge now packs in about 100 fans a week and that number doubles during the postseason. His bar can be considered both easy to find, and far off the beaten path. It's seven miles south of Boulder, 10 miles north of Golden. When the Stacey flips on the outside lights at night he's simple to find because the closest neighbor is five miles away.
The building, moved to its spot on Highway 93 in 1959, is the former payroll office of The Rocky Flats Plant, the U.S. nuclear weapons production facility that operated across the street from 1952 until 1992.
"We're pretty far out here, but people drive in from all over," Stacey said. "We get Packers fans from all over Colorado. Every now and then we get someone from Wisconsin and they look around and think they are in the wrong state."
The walls inside the Rocky Flats Lounge are covered in Packers' gear and mementos, and Green Bay fans making a return visit usually bring something along to add to the decor. On Fridays throughout the year, there is a Wisconsin fish fry, with battered walleye and perch. During games they're cooking brats and cheese curds on the patio.
"The Packers fans have been great for us," Stacey said. "We had 7,000 people working across the street when there was the nuclear plant, but it closed in 1989. The Packers have gotten me through a lot of winters. They come whether the team is winning or losing."