The Green Bay Packers hold a rededication ceremony for Harlan Plaza outside Lambeau Field, July 9, 2014. (WLUK/Andrew LaCombe)
GREEN BAY - Progress is evident outside the Lambeau Field Atrium. The renovated Harlan plaza and the new Packers Pro Shop will open to fans next Thursday.That means more construction work can begin on other parts of the stadium.One Packers fan from Atlanta is thrilled."They're moving some things around to make it more fan-friendly, and obviously bring in the revenue that we want to keep our winning team here," said Paul Miller.The team is spending $166 million on the current phase of construction. The Packers Pro Shop will move one floor down to the ground level of the atrium. That space used to be home to the Packers Hall of Fame. The hall of fame will be split between the first and second levels of the atrium. Curly's Pub will move down a floor to the current pro shop area.The hall of fame is temporarily closed. Curly's Pub will also close for part of next winter. Both should re-open next April.Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy says business in the atrium was slower this winter because of the construction, but he believes it will lead to better numbers in the long run."I think everybody that works for the Packers kind of feel like we're stewards, and we want to leave this iconic jewel of a stadium better than we found it," said Murphy.Stuart Zadra, the vice president of Hammes Co., says some of the plans for the new pub and hall of fame are still in the works."We're working through the final design of those elements and that work will start this fall," said Zadra.He says much of the fabric of the stadium has been maintained."But it's going to be even much more of a presence than it had before," he said.All of the work at Lambeau is scheduled to finish next summer.Earlier this year, the team announced a 50-foot replica of the Lombardi Trophy will be added near the new East Gate. A team spokesperson said plans for that statue's unveiling are "to be announced."No tax dollars were spent on this most recent round of renovations, but the Brown County Stadium Tax is still in place. It is set to expire next year.More information about the Packers' current financial health should be announced Thursday when the team releases its financial report for the 2014 fiscal year.
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