The Frozen Tundra. The Shrine of Pro Football. Titletown USA. The House That Lombardi Built. Whatever you call it, Lambeau Field is one of the pinnacles of football culture.
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Stadium Guide by Football Tripper USA
|Team:||Green Bay Packers|
|Address:||1265 Lombardi Ave, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 54304|
|Stadium Owner:||City of Green Bay and Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District|
|Former Names:||City Stadium|
|Expanded:||1961, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2003, 2013|
Originally opening as City Stadium in 1957, the arena is home of the Green Bay Packers in the Wisconsin city of the same name. Since then, multiple changes to the stadium has reinforced the historical aspects of the franchise. Lambeau Field was adopted as the arena’s name in August 1965 shortly after the Packers’s founder Curly Lambeau died. The address is 1265 Lombardi Avenue when the street was renamed for Hall of Fame Coach Vince Lombardi in 1968. Stadium Drive is to the south, the trademark of the stadium district, which includes the hockey and indoor football arena Resch Center, multiple hotels and the largest concentration of microbreweries in the state. Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena and Shopko Hall is also in the area, but will be torn down for the Brown County Expo Center in 2021.
Lambeau Field is a stark difference from the Packers’s humble beginnings. Green Bay originally played football games at Green Bay East High School, a 25,000-seat stadium made primarily of wood. The locker rooms were so bad, opposing teams would dress at a nearby hotel. Milwaukee officials tried to lure the franchise out of Green Bay with the 36,011-seat Milwaukee County Stadium built in 1953. Other NFL owners used this to force the Packers out of Green Bay unless a new arena was built.
As the Packers are the only publicly-owned franchise in the league, the citizens of Green Bay responded by approving a bond to finance a new 32,500-seat stadium in 1956. It was paid in full in 1978. It was the first modern stadium to be built specifically for football, given most of the football teams played at baseball fields.
The first expansion happened just four years after opening, increasing to 38,669. The bowl expanded twice in the 1960’s after closing off the south end zone for seating. Through 17 total expansions and renovations, Lambeau Field has increased to the third-largest seating capacity in the National Football League with 81,441.
The largest renovation for Lambeau Field happened between 2001-2003, with a $295 million design that added more premium seating and suites. Most of this was funded through stock sales with a county sales tax to make up the rest. Ellerbe Becket was in charge of the renovation architecture design, the largest project for the company before it was bought out by AECOM in 2009.
Lambeau Field is the oldest continuously-used stadium in the National Football League. While Chicago’s Soldier Field is older, the Bears started playing there in 1971 and played the 2002 season at the University of Illinois. Only the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field and Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park have a longer tenure at an American stadium.
Given the smaller population of bay-area Wisconsin, the size of Lambeau Field is not often needed for other events like concerts. Only a handful of concerts have been played there, twice by Kenny Chesney and once by Packers shareholder Billy Joel. College hockey looks to be the most likely of events held at the venue in the future with teams like Notre Dame and Northern Michigan University paying to play the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay venues in the past.
Green Bay Packers Info
|Rivals:||Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears|
|Team Colours:||Dark Green, Gold, White|
|Fight Song:||Go! You Packers Go!|
|Team Owner:||Green Bay Packers, Inc.|
|CEO:||Mark H. Murphy|
|President:||Mark H. Murphy|
|Top Passing Leader:||Brett Favre|
|Top Rushing Leader:||Ahman Green|
|Top Points Scorer:||Mason Crosby|
|AV Leader:||Brett Favre|
|Winningest Coach:||Curly Lambeau|
Visiting the Stadium - Travel
Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at Lambeau Field?
Green Bay Packers play their home matches at Lambeau Field.
What is the capacity of Lambeau Field?
As of 2021 Lambeau Field has an official seating capacity of 81,441 for Football matches.
When was Lambeau Field opened?
Lambeau Field officially opened in 1957 and is home to Green Bay Packers
What is the ZIP code for Lambeau Field?
The ZIP code for Lambeau Field is 54304.
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Lambeau Field in 2021. Please visit the official website of Green Bay Packers for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.