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Green Bay, Wisconsin
TYPE OF VENUE
More than 1,000
Hilton Garden Inn Green Bay
By Kristy Alpert
Luxury suites at Lambeau Field are available for events on non-game days.
here was a time when Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin,
was just a stadium. The date was September 29, 1957, and
nearly 32,154 fans were just beginning to file in, taking their
seats on the brand-new wooden bleachers that took nine long
months to construct. At that moment, the brand-new field was simply
a series of polished bleachers and a pristinely trimmed field. But as the
first Green Bay Packer passed through the tunnel and stepped out onto
the freshly cut grass, something remarkable happened.
The stadium came to life.
The Green Bay Packers are the only major league U.S. professional
sports team to be community owned as a nonprofit, and the commu-
nity investment in the team has played a huge role in making the
Packers players so much more than sports celebrities. The team is con-
sidered family to many, and the stadium, a home.
Even today, after 60 years have passed and nine renovations have
Photos courtesy Green Bay Packers
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