Stadium project nears completion

The Lambeau Field renovation project is entering the home stretch. Nearly 90 percent of the work on the stadium expansion is complete and the project is expected to be finished in time for the team's first exhibition game Aug. 23.<p>

The Packers will officially unveil the $295 project during their regular season opener on Sept. 7 against the Minnesota Vikings.

About 275 people are currently working on the club seating, concourses and concessions on the north and south end zones. Work also is in progress on the main scoreboards in the north and south end zones, the atrium terrazzo, Packer Hall of Fame and restrooms.

The terrazzo floor features a 50-yard football field set at an angle, which runs parallel with the actual grass field inside the bowl.

More than $261 million has been spent on the building site, which equates to about 89 percent of the total project cost.

The Packers want to feature as much of their history as possible. Part of their plan includes decorating the atrium with large photos of their 20 Pro Football Hall of Fame players as well as 12 world championship banners. The Packer also will place their three Super Bowl trophies near the player entrance in a hall leading to the team area.

The numbers of Hall of Famers Tony Canadeo, Ray Nitschke, Bart Starr and Don Hutson will hang inside the stadium. The players' numbers (3, 14, 15, 66), retired by the Packers, will be featured in the north end zone.

The Packers also plan to place 20-foot tall statues of coach Vince Lombardi and founder Curly Lambeau outside the atrium entrance.

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