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  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.

    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014

    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.

    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/




Heritage Trail connects the dots

Posted Jul 6, 2012

Lambeau Field is an incredibly historic place, but there’s so much more history to the Packers than the 55-year-old stadium.

I always knew that, but it was almost overwhelming to process the depth of this team’s history on Thursday when I walked the downtown portion of the Packers Heritage Trail. (For a photo gallery of the journey, click here.) The record-setting 100-plus heat index was overwhelming, too, but gaining a more thorough understanding of how town and team became so intertwined still carried the day.

These days, the franchise’s connection to its fans is evident in the shareholder meetings and tailgate parties, the players riding kids’ bikes to practice, and events like Family Night, when 60,000 folks show up to watch the team scrimmage. Notice how all of those things are associated with Lambeau Field.

But the current stadium wasn’t around for the first 38 years of the team’s existence, and it’s easy to forget that. Perusing the 14 downtown Heritage Trail plaques that are all within a roughly 15-square-block area – in the interest of health and safety, I decided to save the rest of the trail, including trips to old City Stadium, the Packing Plant Spur and the Lambeau-Lombardi spur, for a cooler day – helped it all make more sense.

The sheer number of major buildings downtown with historic connections to the Packers helps explain how the city and the team attached to one another in the early years. Not to discount the “publicly owned” element, but if a city in the first half of the 20th century was defined by its downtown and the happenings there, it’s easy to see how its citizens became devoted to their team.

I won’t spoil all the interesting nuggets to be gleaned from making the walk and reading the plaques. But looking around at two old train depots – where musical bands and throngs of fans, numbering in the thousands, would send the team off on road trips and welcome them home from triumphs – provides quite the perspective.

So does standing outside a building where fans gathered in the 1920s to follow the play-by-play of games via telegraph wire, before they were broadcast on radio.

Two locations on the trail are places Curly Lambeau worked other jobs while playing for and coaching the Packers, and two others were sites of meetings surrounding the turmoil of Lambeau’s ugly departure in 1949. Within a few paces here and there, it was impossible not to be struck by how different a bygone era can be, and yet how history has a way of repeating itself.

There are plenty of spots that provide a peek into the Lombardi era, too, after the construction of “new” City Stadium. The team certainly didn’t leave downtown when the stadium that’s now Lambeau Field was built, as the Heritage Trail marks locations where Lombardi held press conferences and was presented with his first league title trophy, among other interesting spots.

The transition to the stadium fully housing the entire franchise was a couple of decades in the making. Learning that, it was grasping the importance of the city’s downtown as it related to the team in the early years that most fascinated me.

Green Bay’s movers and shakers had their offices near the river and exerted their influence over the town’s economy and its football team within the same sets of walls. Meanwhile the citizens walking those very streets took to the team as their own, financially and otherwise, and that part hasn’t changed, no matter where the games are played.

So thanks, Heritage Trail. The foundation of the “connection” referenced so often with this franchise is made real by the descriptions on those buildings that are nowhere near my desk. I’m sure the depth of my understanding would only grow if I read all the plaques again, even if I were to brave a below-zero day next time.

For a photo gallery, click here.

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