Main atrium entrance to close Monday for Lambeau Field renovation

By Millaine Wells, Local 5 News

Published 01/17 2014 03:19PM

Updated 01/17 2014 07:24PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Hammers and drills echoed today in the hallowed halls of Lambeau Field.

Work is already underway on the biggest  atrium overhaul in history.

The famous glass doors on the Lambeau Field Atrium are closing on Monday to make way for the major facelift.

"Visitors who come in should use the Oneida Nation gate" explains Aaron Popkey, the Packers' Director of Public Affairs. "The atrium is open, the Pro Shop is open, Curly's Pub is open and the stadium tours are still ongoing" he says.

The area known as Harlan Plaza will be excavated, to make it an entire floor lower.

The Pro Shop will move down to the space previously occupied by the Hall of Fame. The store will double in size.

"I think it is great" says lifelong fan Albert Kuether. "It is going to bring in more fans, going to be a fun thing to experience during the season and off season".

"I think they keep their fans in mind they make the facilities nice for them" says another fan, Curtis Cochran.

To make way for excavators, bronze statues of Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi are taking a brief vacation from their guard out front of the atrium.

"The statues will be back" Popkey says.

Video (available here) from shows the process of moving the 20 foot tall, 2,000 pound monuments.

According to Popkey "Once the new plaza is done in July they will be moved back to a prominent place where people can visit and take pictures and those types of things".

The new entrances are on track to open by training camp.

"I think it is s great, the packers have something going for them. They are constantly growing" says Packers fan Holly King.

"We just have a moment here where it is pardon our dust, pardon our inconvenience but really we are going to make it as open and accessible as possible" Popkey says.

The $140 million project is being paid for entirely by the Packers through their own funds and the NFLs G4 loan program.


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