Re-visiting old site a good move

Fans get chance to experience former site while watching current team

Kudos to the Green Bay Packers and City of Green Bay for scheduling a training camp practice at the end of this month at Old City Stadium. The practice session gives fans a chance to experience one of the team's first homes combined with a fund-raiser for a future Green Bay museum as part of the celebration of Lambeau Field's 50th anniversary.

The Packers will practice at Old City Stadium, adjacent to Green Bay East High School on July 31 at 6:30 p.m. It's the same field that the team used from 1925-56 before moving into new City Stadium, re-named Lambeau Field in 1965.

The Old City Stadium field has been in use for years by East High School. If you're a Packer fan, especially one from out of town, a trip to Old City Stadium, whether is for the special training camp practice or a side trip is a must, and it's free! It's a great way to take yourself back 50-plus years and visualize Tony Canadeo, or Don Hutson, or Curly Lambeau on the same field, and at the same time watch Brett Favre throw passes to Donald Driver.

The evening practice at Old City Stadium comes six practices into training camp for the Packers. That doesn't exactly break the monotony of camp for the current team, but it is something different, which is always welcomed by the players and fans. Old City Stadium, along the East River, is located about 2-3 miles from Clarke Hinkle Field, so logistics won't be a problem for anyone involved.

"This year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Lambeau Field, we thought returning the team to its previous home for a practice would be a great way to honor a key piece of our rich history," said Packers president Bob Harlan.

"This team gained so much support from the community in its formative years, and we continue to hold that special bond today. City Stadium and the exciting early football atmosphere it fostered fueled much of that relationship, as well as the team's success which included six NFL championships over those years. The practice will be a special night."

"We're a community steeped in strong tradition," said Mayor Schmitt. "It's a great way for the Packers organization to honor that tradition and the strong ties it has to this community."

The practice will be free to the public, but in the "pass-the-hat" spirit of games in the 1920s and 30s at City Stadium, donations will be accepted to support the new Green Bay Children's Museum. The facility is under construction at River Center in the old Younkers building in downtown Green Bay and is expected to be finished in the fall of 2008.

Old City Stadium field with Green Bay East High School in background.

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