Packers Make Big Atrium Changes

CREATED Jan 8, 2013

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GREEN BAY - Lambeau Field's atrium will be getting a major facelift.

Tuesday Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy revealed the changes on the $140 million project at a stadium district board meeting.

"It's a way to refresh it a little bit, but also it's like anything else, you live in a house, you find things you would want to change, and there's some areas we think could be a little more efficient," Murphy said.

That includes:

- Doubling the size of the Packers Pro-Shop and moving it to the lower level.

- Moving the Hall of Fame from the basement to the second floor, so it can be bigger with newer technology.

- Putting Curly's Pub where the Pro-Shop is now, making it easier for people to eat there on non-game days.

"There's people here all winter long when the facility is not in use, so if you can make Curly's restaurant and you can make the Pro-Shop more accessible, I think more people are going to come," Stadium District Executive Director Patrick Webb said.

Other renovations include expanding the Oneida Nation Gate and adding another entrance on the east side to get into the atrium.

"It'll really improve the atrium, particularly businesses. It will be much better for fans and guests coming to the atrium to get in and out," Murphy said.

The Packers also plan to build a strength and conditioning room, and a new area for walk through practices for the players.

An NFL loan and past Packers stock sales will help pay for the project.

Renovations will begin in March and are expected to be finished by June 2015.