Training Camp Countdown

Part 2 of a series<p> Training camp – ask a player and it means extra work with two-a-day practices and hours of film and study sessions. Ask a fan and it may elicit a different reaction. For the Packer faithful, training camp means lining the fences, angling for bike rides or autographs and taking in the ever-growing list of entertaining venues for football fun.<P>'s series takes a look at the places fans can find football and fun during Training Camp 2003.<P>


This is the heart of the action, located across from Lambeau Field on Oneida Street. The Packers conduct their public practices on this field, in the shadow of the Don Hutson Center. Weather permitting, the team holds practices in the morning and afternoon (see schedule for details), except for the days before and after pre-season contests. Autograph sessions are sometimes held here and on Ray Nitschke Field (see below). Tickets for sessions are free, but limited.


When it rains, the practices move inside the Don Hutson Center which is closed to the public. Even when the weather ruins it for the rail birds, players still are generally agreeable to greeting fans as they exit the Hutson Center for the return trip to the Lambeau Field lockerroom.


This is an additional practice field located east of the Hutson Center next to the Brown County Youth Hockey Ice Center off Packer Drive. Practices and autograph sessions are sometimes moved to this field – just follow the crowd.


This interactive family event is located in the Brown County Veterans Memorial Complex from July 18-Aug. 24. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $8 per person; $5 for seniors 62-up and children under 3 are free.

For information contact 920-405-1199.


The Pro Shop is at the northeast corner of the new Titletown Atrium at Lambeau Field. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. On Packer home game days, the Pro Shop is open four hours before and 1 ½ hours after the game.

For information contact 800-992-5750.


Part of the $295 Lambeau Field Renovation project, the new-look Packer Hall of Fame is scheduled to open in early August in the lower level of the Lambeau Field Atrium. Hours and admission prices will be announced later this month.

In addition to the existing exhibits, enshrinements, multi-media experiences and memorabilia, the hall will now include a chronological experience from the birth of the franchise to the current time.

Watch this site for another training camp series installment focusing on the Hall of Fame.

For information contact 888-442-7225.

NOTE: Lambeau Field tours are not scheduled during training camp due to the nearly-completed renovation project. However, tours and opening ceremonies will be part of the Lambeau Field "Rebirth of a Legend" festivities in late August and early September. Watch this site for details!

Next Training Camp series installment: Paint the Town

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