Members of the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Stadium District Board tour the ongoing renovations at Lambeau Field, May 28, 2014. (WLUK/Kelly Schlicht)
GREEN BAY - From a new east aide gate to an overhauled Harlan Plaza, renovations at Lambeau Field are coming together. And the Packers say the changes will mean new experiences for fans.Construction crews worked on flooring Wednesday."What's on the atrium floor, they're doing the terrazzo carrying the same theme down below," said Stuart Zadra with Hammes Company. It's one of the construction companies working on the renovations. Stadium district board members had their first look at the new east entrance to Lambeau Field."We wanted to show the new east gate entry where the Lombardi trophy will be and the size and scale of that space," said Zadra, who led the tour.The tour wrapped around to the north side, where Harlan Plaza is taking shape. Crews removed 2,100 truckloads of dirt to bring it to street level.Lombardi and Lambeau's statues have found their new homes. A Lambeau Leap statue will soon join them."We still have the grandeur of the Harlan Plaza with the landscaping and the shape that that's taking," said Aaron Popkey, the Packers spokesperson. The Packers say they're taking fan's Lambeau experience to a whole new level, literally. The atrium will now be the second level when fans enter."The Miller Lite gate area on the Harlan Plaza, the main entrance to the pro shop. Once you're inside the pro shop there will be an escalator that will get you up to the atrium level very efficiently as well," said Popkey.Construction managers say the new entrances and levels offer better access."Before you could only approach the building to get to that level through the atrium from the north. Now you can park on the east and get into the Packers Pro Shop on that level," said Zadra.Fans waiting for autographs Wednesday say they can't wait to see the changes."Especially with the pro shop being added, you know, that much. I think it's going to bring a lot more revenue in for the Packers," said Phil Gutting, who moved to Green Bay last year to live near Lambeau.But crews have at least six weeks of work putting on the finishing touches.We couldn't get a look inside the pro shop Wednesday because of the heavy construction work going on.The Packers anticipate opening most new areas by late July for training camp. The Hall of Fame on the second level will be completed next year.
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