The History of Lambeau Field

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The History of Lambeau Field

Legendary Lambeau Field

Named for the man who put the tiny town of Green Bay, WI, on the map, Lambeau Field is considered by many to be the holiest ground in all of professional football. Sometimes called the Frozen Tundra, the near-mythic stadium has sold out seating for every single game since 1960. The waiting list for season tickets is decades long, with spots in line often being included in the wills of the Lambeau faithful.

The current home of the Green Bay Packers was built in 1957, on vacant farmland, as a replacement for City Stadium. The field, also called City Stadium when it opened, was officially rededicated as Lambeau Field after the death of Curly Lambeau, the head coach and founder of the Green Bay Packers, in 1965. Initially offering seating for 32,500 fans, over the years renovations have more than doubled the seating to allow for 73,142 seats.

Outside of playing host to game day football fans from all over the country, Lambeau Field is also a concert venue and has sponsored other sporting events, including hockey. The centerpiece of the newly renovated stadium is the Atrium, which looks out onto Lombardi Avenue. The location of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, the Atrium also houses the Packers Pro Shop and several shops and restaurants. The Atrium welcomes visitors to yearly events that include a Halloween Party, Thanksgiving festivities, and meet-and-greets with present and past Packer greats.

Easily recognized by diehard NFL fans, Lambeau Field is the longest-standing stadium in the NFL. The history, mystique, and tradition make the building a top visitor destination in Wisconsin, and thousands visit yearly from around the world. Curly Lambeau would be amazed at the structure that bears his name.

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