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When you walk through Lambeau Field, you get a real sense of the power of the Green Bay Packers legacy and the important history of the team. You understand why there is so much loyalty to this team and why traditions are upheld throughout time. From the town being stakeholders in the team to the Lambeau Leap to the incomparable Vince Lombardi, you can see just by touring through this facility why the Green Bay Packers are known as one of America’s favorite teams.
Early Packers History
Curly Lambeau. Brett Favre. Ray Nitschke. Bart Starr. Reggie White. Jerry Kramer. Vince Lombardi. Willie Davis. Don Hutson. All of these names are synonymous with the Green Bay Packers franchise. Many of these men and coaches played during the muddy, hard-hitting, leather helmet wearing days of early football. They played the sport before the days of million-dollar contracts and lucrative endorsement deals.
Curly Lambeau was there from the start and on August 11, 1919, he formed the Packers team by borrowing $500 from his employer, the Indian Packing Company, to purchase uniforms and equipment. One year later, Acme Packing Co bought out Indian Packing.
That same year, the American Professional Football Association was formed in Canton, OH. So, when the Packers were inducted into the APFA on August 27, 1921, they were known as the Acme Packers. Just a short time later in 1922, the APFA changed its name to the National Football League.
Entrance and Atrium
When you arrive at Lambeau Field, park by the pro shop and atrium entrance that faces Lombardi Avenue. The statues of Vince Lombardi and Curly Lambeau are outside of this entrance. When you enter through the atrium doors, you will see the 1919 Kitchen and Tap restaurant and the Hall of Fame front desk on the left.
You will purchase your stadium tour tickets at the Hall of Fame front desk. The restaurant has a large selection of meats, salads, and sandwiches. If you are short on time, at least grab a plate of cheese curds and a beer. It is Wisconsin, after all!
There are several tours to choose from that offer different viewing options. Each tour starts in the atrium, offers views of premium seating areas on the east side of the stadium, and allows you to walk across the concrete slab that was originally in the Packers tunnel that ran from their locker room to the field. All the great players from 1957-2003 walked across these 3 pieces of concrete.
When the stadium was renovated in 2003, Coach Mike Sherman had the concrete slabs moved to the new players’ tunnel so that the newer generation of Packers could walk in the footsteps of the earlier generations. The tours also allow you to walk through the players’ present-day tunnel and onto the entrance of the arena. Here, you will have the opportunity to have a picture made while standing right by the football field. All of these opportunities are available on the Classic tour.
The next tour is called the Champions Tour and includes everything in the Classic Tour, plus views from the south end of the stadium. This is the tour we took and it did not disappoint. The Legendary Tour includes all opportunities from the Classic and Champions tours but also includes viewing areas on the west side of the stadium, the press box, and the visiting team locker room. At this time, the Packers’ locker room is not included on any of the tours.
Packers Hall of Fame
The Packers Hall of Fame opened in 1967 in a different location and was moved to Lambeau Field in 2003 during a renovation. It is a 15,000 square feet and two-level facility and offers sports fans a look back at the Packers football team.
The last time we toured Lambeau Field, we didn’t tour the Hall of Fame. We are so glad we added the tour onto the Champions tour this time. It is a must do, especially if you are a die-hard Packers fan. You will get a green ‘G’ hand stamp, a map, and as much time as you need to explore the history of the Packers franchise.
‘The Field’ and the ‘Commitment Gallery’
In the Hall of Fame area known as ‘The Field’, there are several interactive activities. Kids and adults will enjoy this space and there are several neat photo opportunities. You can see how high you can jump, come head to head with a Packer, and see how you measure up to a Packers lineman.
In the ‘Commitment Gallery’, you can see what the Packers wore in their early days up to the present day. On display are relics from Hagemeister Brewing Co and Acme Packing Co. Also, you can read over the biographies of the Packers founding fathers and see the 1919 team lineup.
In the ‘Community Gallery’, you can learn about the origins of the Lambeau Leap, read about the Packers bicycle tradition, and hear what it would sound like to be at a game at Lambeau Field.
The ‘Excellence Gallery’ and the ‘Championship Gallery’ are amazing. You will have a chance to really connect with the players and their successes as you walk through the galleries. Like constellations in the sky, some of the players are featured on the ceiling along with Lambeau and Lombardi quotes.
The 24 Packers who have been inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame are featured with lockers that hold their uniforms and memorabilia. Each locker has a movie clip that you can listen to by picking up the earpiece. We have a close family friend who knew Forrest Gregg (#75) before he became a Packer, so we were glad to see him featured in this room! The Hall of Fame Inductees are also commemorated with a football for each name.
There is a very reverent feeling in the ‘Championship Gallery’ because there is so much history in this room. The Packers won 9 pre-Super Bowl NFL titles and 4 Super Bowl championships, and all of the trophies are in this room to see. In addition, Aaron Rodgers’ 2010 Super Bowl ring is on display. We love how the 4 Super Bowl trophies are featured.
When you take the stairs, escalator or the elevator to the second floor, you will see this amazing display of uniforms from the past. Actually, this display can be viewed from both levels and the open staircase. We loved how each player is in a different pose with the years highlighted above. This is an awesome way to show the uniform changes throughout the years.
In the ‘Resilience Room’ are many different kinds of Packers memorabilia, old pictures, original football jerseys, and newspaper clippings. There were also several peepholes that let you peek into the past. These awesome pictures make you feel as if you are right there on the muddy field.
‘Love and Discipline Gallery’ and ‘Pride Gallery’
You can sit in a desk in the replica of Vince Lombardi’s office in the ‘Love and Discipline Gallery’. If you stay a while, you may just get a phone call!
In the ‘Pride Gallery’, you can see a plethora of Packers collectibles, including Aaron Rodgers’ 2011 MVP trophy and Charles Woodson’s and Donald Driver’s jerseys. Several TVs are playing different games. So, you can relax for a few minutes on a sofa while you watch a game. Towards the back of this gallery are two models commemorating the first two stadiums the Packers played in, Hagemeister Park and the Old City Stadium.
History of the Stadiums
The Packers played at Hagemeister Park from 1919-1922. When this stadium was torn down to make room for a new high school, the Packers moved to Bellevue Park for the 1923 and 1924 seasons. This stadium was lacking in facilities and too far out of town, so a new stadium, City Stadium was built in Green Bay. The Packers played here from 1925 – 1957 and won 6 of their 13 championships here.
The residents of Green Bay voted to build a new stadium to keep the Packers from being moved to Milwaukee. This new stadium was called New City Stadium and would eventually be named Lambeau Field after Curly Lambeau died in 1965. With the building of the New City Stadium, the arena the Packers played in for 32 years, City Stadium, became Old City Stadium.
The Packers Pro Shop
The Packers Pro Shop is so much fun to look and shop through. It is located on the ground floor and has doubled in size after a 2013 renovation. To reach the atrium level to purchase tickets for tours, take the escalator up from the pro shop. On display in the middle of the store is a fully restored 1958 Chevy Packers truck carrying a load of cheesehead hats. There is something for everyone – men, women, kids, and pets. In this pro shop, you can find anything your Packers fan heart desires and then some!
If you are near Green Bay during your travels, you definitely need to take the time to tour through Lambeau Field. Certainly, just the history alone is worth your time. The Green Bay Packers is one of the NFL’s oldest teams and Lambeau Field is the oldest continually operating NFL stadium.
Any football fan will appreciate the amount of memorabilia and history on display, and if you are a Packers fan, well, you will be in heaven!
“There is no parallel in the way a small city like Green Bay has been able to remain a vital part of professional football’s big league – from the founding of the National Football League to the present. There is only one Green Bay. The story of the Packers stands alone.” Vince Lombardi