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Celebration week honors Lambeau Field

The Green Bay Packers will celebrate the renovation of Lambeau Field with a week of grand opening festivities, the team announced. The dedication events, dubbed "Rebirth of a Legend" - will culminate on Sept. 7 with the Packers' home opener vs. the Minnesota Vikings.<P>

Tickets for a special program at Lambeau Field - slated for the eve of the opener - go on sale Tuesday.

"We want to say thank you in a big way to our fans, the local commu7nity and t hose who have helped make Lambeau the moved storied sports facility in the NFL," Packers president Bob Harlan said. "The new Lambeau will be enjoyed year-round by fans from around the globe."

In honor of the renovation project, the team commissioned a "Rebirth of a Legend" logo, unveiled on Wednesday. The Packers will wear the logo on the uniforms for the Sept. 7 game.

Scheduled events include a carnival, dedication of Lambeau's main plaza and the new Packer Hall of Fame, a special program featuring head coach/GM Mike Sherman plus past and present players, and an inaugural ball. Also offered are self-guided tours of the stadium, which has been closed to tours for many months due to construction.

A video featuring highlights of the field's greatest moments set to live music will be presented at Lambeau on Sept. 6. That event is expected to draw 70,000 people and will be televised state-wide.

The $295 million renovation added more seats, concession stands and bathrooms, modernized the stadium and, the most visible change, added a mall-like atrium for restaurants, shops and the Hall of Fame. The project was financed in part by a half-cent sales tax narrowly approved by Brown County voters.

Grand Opening Events

Sunday, Aug. 31: Brown County appreciation day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring self-guided tours of the stadium, live music in the atrium and free rides for children.

Monday, Sept. 1: Labor Day picnic, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., featuring food, beverages, entertainment and games and rides for children. Admission is $8, or $4 for children under 12.

Tuesday, Sept. 2: Dedication of the Robert E. Harlan plaza in front of the Miller Brewing gate, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3: Premiere of new DVD, "The Legend of Lambeau Field," which celebrates the stadium's history, including newly discovered video of the Ice Bowl, 6:30-9 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4: Dedication and opening of the Packers Hall of Fame in the atrium, 5 p.m. featuring the unveiling of the new Hall of Fame logo and guest speakers, including former general manager Ron Wolf and quarterback Bart Starr.

Friday, Sept. 5: Inaugural Ball to benefit St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center endowment. The black tie event, limit 700, is sold out.

Saturday, Sept. 6: A two-hour program inside Lambeau Field featuring videos, live music, and Packer legends, all celebrating the stadium's greatest moments, 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Sunday, Sept. 7: Stadium dedication ceremony, as part of the Packers 2003 season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.


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