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Lambeau Field renovation in Green Bay enters 2nd phase

Construction starts on Oneida gate, parking entrance for Packers

Apr. 17, 2013
 
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Construction has begun to add a plaza to the Oneida Nation Gate on Lambeau Field's eastern side. The plaza will be above public restrooms and a tunnel to player parking. It is part of a $140.5 million renovation project. / Richard Ryman/Press-Gazette Media

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The Oneida Nation Gate at Lambeau Field is closed for construction.

It’s the first part of what the Green Bay Packers are calling Phase 2 of Lambeau Field’s latest renovation.

The $140.5 million project, paid for by the Packers without publicmoney, began in March and is scheduled to be completed in June 2015.

The Oneida gate is expected to open in time for the coming season.

Phase 2 follows on the heels of the addition of 7,000 seats in the stadium and other improvements costing $146 million, also privately funded. That project is scheduled for completion this summer.

The Oneida Nation Gate will have an expanded plaza extending into the east parking lot. A tunnel under the plaza will lead to a player parking area. Permanent rest rooms will be under the plaza. The metal framework for the plaza/tunnel can be seen at the construction site.

Other Phase 2 elements include:

• A new entrance at parking lot level on the east side, with an escalator providing access to the main floor of the Atrium.

• Harlan Plaza in front of the Miller Gate facing Lombardi Avenue will remain, but its front will line up with the north face of the Atrium tower where the Pro Shop is located. The Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi statues will remain in the plaza, though they’ll be repositioned.

• New player facilities in the lower level of the stadium, including strength and conditioning rooms and a 35-by-50-yard practice walk-through area.

• The Packers Pro Shop will move to the new ground level created by cutting away part of the north plaza. Curly’s Pub will move to the Pro Shop’s current location and the Packers Hall of Fame to the second floor now occupied by Curly’s Pub.

Curly’s Pub and the Packers Hall of Fame will close temporarily during some part of the project, probably in 2014, but the Pro Shop will remain open throughout.

The new seats in Lambeau, mostly in the south end zone, will be available for the upcoming season. With a capacity of 80,000, Lambeau will be the fourth- or fifth-largest stadium in the NFL.

The Packers opened the new Bellin Health entrance on the north side of the stadium in 2012, and a new Shopko entrance, providing access to the south end zone seats, will open this year.

Richard Ryman writes for Press-Gazette Media, Green Bay

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