Packers To Step Back In History -- Training Camp Practice At 'City Stadium' July 31


Brett Favre to Don Hutson - yes, it's a Packers fan's ultimate fantasy quarterback-receiver tandem, but when Favre and his teammates take to the field at historic City Stadium Tuesday evening, July 31, for a training camp practice, the would-be fabled connection will become much more imaginable.

The practice session, the first Packers practice in nearly 50 years at the team's former home field (1925-56), was announced Thursday afternoon at Green Bay East High School by Packers Chairman Bob Harlan, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and Green Bay Area Public School District Superintendent Daniel Nerad.

Today's Packers will have the opportunity to play at the same venue that hosted legendary Green Bay players Hutson, Curly Lambeau, Arnie Herber, Tony Canadeo and Clarke Hinkle. The Packers last practiced at the site Aug. 5, 1961, when the team held an intra-squad scrimmage at the location.

"The Green Bay Packers are delighted to be practicing at City Stadium," said Harlan. "This year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Lambeau Field, we thought returning the team to its previous home for a practice would be a great way to honor a key piece of our rich history.

"This team gained so much support from the community in its formative years, and we continue to hold that special bond today. City Stadium and the exciting early football atmosphere it fostered fueled much of that relationship, as well as the team's success which included six NFL championships over those years. The practice will be a special night."

"We're a community steeped in strong tradition," said Mayor Schmitt. "It's a great way for the Packers organization to honor that tradition and the strong ties it has to this community."

For Green Bay East High School, the "return" of the Packers will be a special event.

"East High School along with its great football field represents the best of our local traditions and history," said Nerad. "Our school district has benefited greatly from the partnership we have had with the Green Bay Packers. From having East High School play football at City Stadium to recently working with the Packers to help our kids become fit, the relationship is time-honored and one that speaks volumes about how two long-standing community organizations can work together to help our community become a better place."

The evening's activities will begin at 6 p.m., with the team's practice to get underway at 6:30.

The practice will be free to the public, but in the "pass-the-hat" spirit of games in the 1920s and 30s at City Stadium, donations will be accepted to support the new Green Bay Children's Museum. The facility is under construction at River Center in the old Younkers building and is expected to be finished in the fall of 2008.

Due to anticipated high level of interest in the practice, the team is exploring the use of temporary seating to increase capacity at the site.

Allen Johnson, the Packers' field manager, has been working with the Green Bay Area Public School District grounds crew to prepare the field for the session.

Further details continue to be planned and will be announced in the coming weeks.

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