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Showing posts with label Miscellaneous. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Construction Update III

We spent this past weekend moving into our new Green Bay headquarters, which will serve as our nerve center for the upcoming season, starting with the Shareholders’ Meeting on July 24th. On Sunday, we stopped by Lambeau Field to take some more construction photos. Above, a view of the front of the Atrium as it stands now, with the majority of the exterior work finished. Some of the landscaping and pedestrian areas are yet to be completed, and they’re feverishly working to get the new expanded Pro Shop ready for a July 17th opening.

A view from the Oneida Nation Gate platform. All of this will be cleaned up before we see it again.

A view of the East side of the Atrium/administration building. The tall glass entranceway will be the Pro Shop entrance from this parking lot. 

There were plenty of fans milling about this weekend. We did visit the Pro Shop on Saturday, and there were no less than three different wedding parties getting photos taken inside and outside of Lambeau that afternoon.  

The Lambeau Field tour groups were going regularly as well. If you’ve never been to the stadium before or haven’t done a tour in years, we recommend this.

The new indoor practice wing next to the players’ parking lot. 

The players’ entrance to the facilities from their parking lot. 

The players’ parking lot is getting fencing installed now, and will be all nice and secluded by Training Camp time. We are not sure right now what the procedure will be for the tradition of the players riding the local kids’ bikes from here to the practice field. Stay tuned.

Here is a closer-up side view of the entrance to the new Packers Pro Shop, which is under the Atrium. 

This pulled-back view shows the entrance in context.

Coaches Lombardi and Lambeau are in place at the sides of the stairs which lead from the new plaza up to the Atrium floor level. 

Another angle of the North end of the stadium.

The new Pro Shop entrance features designs of both a Packers’ helmet… 

… and the franchise’s logo. We are guessing that these will be backlit and visible along Lombardi Avenue. 

Front view of the new Pro Shop entrance. 

Coach Lombardi watches over the renovated plaza. 

The roadway and pedestrian walkway curve around to met the existing ground level on the North end. 

A more general view of the Lombardi and Lambeau statues area. 

Big changes on the South end of Lambeau Field. The Packers purchased several plots of land in the neighborhood in recent years, and have torn down quite a few houses in the past month. The view above is kind of jarring when you’re not used to seeing the stadium in this context.  

Looking towards Lambeau with a view down an empty Barberry Lane. From what we read, the homeowners were more than fairly compensated.

Crews were working on Saturday to level this field and spread gravel. Then came a layer of hay.

The homes that are left are either slated for future razing, or were not purchased by the team. 

That’s Ridge Road beyond the field. There are four houses on Ridge (South of Valley View Road) that remain, but for how long is uncertain. The team reportedly has agreements that allow some residents to stay for an undisclosed time period.

The corner of Barberry Lane and Barberry Lane. 

A house on Barberry Lane that remains. A pile of dirt sits where a house used to be.

This map shows the area that we’ve been discussing above. The yellow area is where houses have been leveled and turned to field. The four that remain on Ridge can be seen. All of this will be used for media parking, league use, etc. from what we understand.

On the drive home, we passed the “World’s Largest Symbol of Freedom,” from what the sign says. It is located at the Acuity Insurance corporate headquarters in Sheboygan, Wis. It is one huge flagpole and flag.

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Heading North Again

We’re heading north again this weekend — for the main reason of moving into our new Green Bay headquarters. It will serve as our nerve center and lodging for Packers’ home game weekends through the 2014 season, as well as for the Shareholders’ Meeting and during Training Camp. But we don’t plan on arriving in town tomorrow with guns blazing, as Jean Nicolet did in 1634 (seen above), unsettling the Native American population.

In case you don’t have it on your calendar, camp opens on July 26th — that’s in less than a month, fans.

We’d love to be able to drive through downtown Green Bay back when this photo was taken.

And perhaps stay at the old Beaumont Hotel, at the corner of Main & Washington.

And maybe take in a show at the old Bay Theater, which still survives as the Meyer Theater. We’ll share some photos of our trip, including a new set of construction photos from Lambeau Field. The new Packers Pro Shop will open on July 17th.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

1969 Mailing Envelope

While looking at some Green Bay Packers photos offered for sale on eBay, one set also features this Packers’ mailing envelope from 1969. Our motto is: if it’s vintage, we love it! You can bid on the photos and this envelope here.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Packerville is Closed

This is the time of year when the majority of NFL personnel go on vacation, before the long season starts up at the end of July. News is usually scarce, and we’re heading off for a week as well. We will be back to open up the new Packerville, U.S.A. office in Green Bay and get ready for the season after a bit of a rest. See you then.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

eBay Photo Day V

Back with another eBay Photo Day, featuring some images we culled from the auction site, and with links to the seller’s page if anyone is interested. Now, if you’d like to irritate that special Chicago Bears fan in your life, send them the above photo of QB Jim McMahon in green and gold from 1995 or 1996. Bid on the photo here.

FB Jim Taylor heads to the edge while sweeping during Super Bowl I in Los Angeles, with T Forrest Gregg clearing him a path. Bid on the photo here. 

The “other” No. 12, QB Lynn Dickey, looks to hand the ball off against the Bears in an unspecified year. His time in Green Bay spanned 1976-77 and 1979-85. Bid on the photo here.

Based on our readers’ comments, the eBay seller is misinformed about which years these three team photos are from. We have not had time to research it ourselves. Stay tuned. 1970's team photo. Bid on the photo here.

1970's team photo. Bid on the photo here. 

1970's team photo. Bid on the photo here. 

HB Paul Hornung, pictured in 1963, the year he was suspended from the NFL for gambling. Bid on the photo here.

LB Ray Nitschke during pre-game introductions at a Packers’ home game. Bid on the photo here. 

G Jerry Kramer (No. 64) waits in the Packers’ huddle for the resumption of game action on the road. Bid on the photo here.

Kramer in recent years. Bid on the photo here.

Taylor is stopped upright by the Detroit Lions’ line at a Milwaukee County Stadium game. Bid on the photo here.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Nitschke: What I Did In The 1968 Offseason

After seeing the reunited, remaining Monkees perform in downtown Milwaukee last night, your Packerville, U.S.A. editor was reminded of the small role Ray Nitschke played in their 1968 film Head. From Turner Classic Movies: “The remarkable thing about Head is how well it holds up today despite being mired in the counterculture of the sixties. Some of the satirical jabs and anti-war rhetoric are as timely as ever (including) the scene where a deranged football player (Green Bay Packers' middle linebacker Ray Nitschke, above) repeatedly tackles Peter Tork in a foxhole while chanting, "We're number one, we're number one!"

You would have this same look on your face if you were in a foxhole with Nitschke, and he was repeatedly smashing you up against the side. 

Tork used no visible stunt double, and Nitschke was nailing him pretty good. 

The surprised Tork doesn’t know quite what to make of this situation, but he knows he needs to get out of there. 

Again and again, Nitschke pummels him into the dirt. 

After one too many hits, Tork decides to get the heck out of there. 

A seething Nitschke sizes Tork up for another hit. 

But Tork evades the mad linebacker and jumps out of the foxhole. 

Meanwhile, Nitschke piles his head into the side of the foxhole. 

Angry, he takes his helmet off and throws it at Tork. 

An unhappy Nitschke now that “the game is over.”

Enjoy the whole film, or check out the scene described above. It begins at about 11:48.