This date in Packer history: June 13

On this date in Packer history for June 13:

With the Lambeau Field renovations well under way, the Packers used their old locker room, in place since 1957, for the last time on June 13, 2002.

The final day of the team's June minicamp meant packing up and moving out of the space that housed every Packer great since the dawn of the Lombardi era. By 2002's training camp slightly more than a month later, the new 64- by 120-foot, state-of-the art, football-shaped locker room would be in place.

Relics from the old space and re-creations of inductees' lockers are preserved for the expanded Hall of Fame, also part of the Lambeau renovation. Players were able to secure a souvenir or two from their long-time lockers.Three slabs of pavement from the tunnel leading from the locker room to the north entrance to Lambeau Field were removed and placed in the new entrance and are recognized with a brass plaque at the request of Mike Sherman.

While the Packers probably weren't too sad to see the old digs go, their 2002 visiting opponents were longing for the good old days of cramped quarters. The home locker room was completed by the 2002 season but the visitors had a temporary set up which Atlanta safety Ray Buchanan, utilizing various levels of hyperbole, compared the temporary facilities to: "XFL at best," "something out of the Shawshank Redemption," and the Sudan.


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