GREEN BAY - More details about changes coming soon to Lambeau Field and they'll start in the next few weeks.
The changes will form the final stage of a 140-million dollar renovation project. It started a couple of years ago with new scoreboards, continued with the south end expansion...and now team officials believe re-doing the Atrium will improve fans' experience year round.
For Packers fans, whether it's a first visit to the Lambeau Field Atrium, or one of many, the experience can be thrilling.
"Oh, it's beautiful! We're getting to be like the big cities," said fan Terri Spaanem.
Especially as the Packers continue to update the renovations first completed 10 years ago.
"It's been very exciting for everyone here at the Packers," said Packers Director of Public Affairs Aaron Popkey.
The improvements which will include some disruptions are scheduled to start soon. First, November 18th when the Hall of Fame closes. A new hall of fame will be built on the first and second floors of the atrium. A new pro-shop will be built about twice the size of the current shop. And Curly's pub will be expanded and moved to the first floor.
Other than the hall of fame closing, the Packers say game days for the rest of this season won't be affected.
"As long as our season goes the atrium won't be affected. After the season ends the Miller Lite Gate will close, Harlan Plaza will close," said Popkey.
Those will be closed until next July. In the meantime, the Oneida Nation Gate on the east side will be the only entrance to the Atrium.
The Packers hope fans will keep coming even during the construction.
"If they wanna come and see the atrium and and take a stadium tour, that's definitely gonna be an option," said Popkey.
Popkey told FOX 11 he believes it'll all be worth it when it's done...
"For a repeat visitor, that person's gonna realize that, 'wow, this is an entirely new experience, enhanced, better.' And then a first-time visitor is gonna be very impressed with the experience that he or she has," Popkey explained.
While Terri Spaanem considers the changes exciting, she told us she doesn't want the team to forget its roots.
"Just don't want it to get too big and lose its small town appeal, you know? Because we are owned by the people...but I guess they gotta keep up with the Joneses," said Spaanem.
Like Jerry Jones...who owns the Cowboys...in Dallas.
- Photos: Lambeau Field Atrium expansion plans
- Timeline: Lambeau Field expansion projects through the years
By the way, Curly's Pub will close in February of 2015 and reopen two months later.
The atrium construction is scheduled to finish before the 20-15 season.
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