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Packers Plaques Unveiled At Green Bay East High


Fans who are well-versed in the history of the Green Bay Packers know that the team played its early games at Old City Stadium behind Green Bay East High School, calling that park home from 1925-56.

Thursday night saw the unveiling of the Green Bay Packers and East High School Alumni Patio at Old City Stadium, which is now home to East High's football team.

The unveiling included three plaques, one honoring the Packers' 12 Hall of Famers who played at the site, one honoring Curly Lambeau, and a third honoring Jim Crowley, a former Packer and one of the "Four Horsemen of Notre Dame," who was a graduate of East High School.

Among those in attendance were many of those integral in the design and development of the project, including members of the Green Bay-De Pere Antiquarian Society whose donations made up a hefty portion of the funding.

A featured speaker at the short event was former Packers end Gary Knafelc, who recounted stories of playing at the stadium. Knafelc, who caught the final touchdown pass at Old City Stadium, told the famous tale of being carried off the field after scoring the game-winner against the World Champion Detroit Lions in 1955.

Knafelc enjoyed the brief walk down memory lane, and thanked those in attendance who helped make the commemorative grounds a reality.

"I'm surprised at how little the stadium has changed since our time playing here, but I'm not surprised by what you have done to make it what it is today," Knafelc said.

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