The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.
Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.
Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.
Time listed above is subject to change.
The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.
The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.
All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.
Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.
Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.
During the late 1960’s, Mr. Bill Brault, a local restaurateur and executive director of the Green Bay Area Visitor and Convention Bureau, conceived an idea of starting a museum dedicated to the history of the Green Bay Packers - a Hall of Fame - as a perfect way to demonstrate the community’s pride in the Packers tradition, as well as providing the community with a terrific tourist attraction. Visitor surveys were indicating that visitors to the Green Bay area wanted to learn more about the history and tradition of the Green Bay Packers. He decided to approach Green Bay Packers Head Coach and General Manager Vince Lombardi to ask his permission to start a museum dedicated to the Green Bay Packers.
In 1967, the Hall of Fame started out as a temporary display set up in the concourse of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena for three summer months each year. In 1970, what was at the time called the “Packers Hall of Fame Association” held its first induction banquet, honoring eight Packers legends from the 1920’s. That first class of inductees into the Hall included the names of Bernard Darling, Lavvie Dilweg, Jug Earp, Cal Hubbard, Earl “Curly” Lambeau, Verne Lewellen, Johnny “Blood” Mc Nally and Mike Michalske.
Both the Hall of Fame display and the induction banquet were quick successes. Tens of thousands of people visited the Hall of Fame display during the summer months of the early 1970s.
The Hall of Fame Association then set its sights on having a permanent museum in its own building, to be open year around. A joint venture between the Green Bay Packers and Brown County led to the building of a permanent Packers Hall of Fame as an addition to the Brown County Veteran’s Memorial Arena.
The 17,000 square foot Packers Hall of Fame was dedicated on July 12, 1976 by the late President Gerald R. Ford, who had once turned down an offer to try out for the Packers in order to attend Yale University. During its first year, the new Packers Hall of Fame welcomed more than 60,000 visitors from many parts of the country and world.
In 1981, the Hall of Fame opened a new 7,000 square foot addition, financed through generous contributions from the Green Bay Packers organization, the business community, and individual fans. In 1985, additional fund raising efforts collected $42,000 as 42 individuals, including many former Packers greats and corporations, paid
$1,000 each to autograph the world’s largest football as part of ‘The Receiver’.
A $750,000 renovation was completed in 1990. Another $150,000 investment in 1994 added hands-on audio and video equipment, enabling fans to take part in the action.
In 1996, over 160,000 fans passed through the Hall’s doors, surpassing the previous year by 60%. That season, the Packers went on to win Super Bowl XXXI, giving another boost to the museum.
As a result of this attendance record - combined with the need for more space - the Packers Hall of Fame Inc., Board of Directors gave approval for a $1.6 million facelift for the Hall in late January of 1997. The total project added and remodeled 21,000 square feet to the existing 17,000 square foot museum. This major addition was completed on July 2, 1997.
The year 1997 proved even better for attendance at the Hall of Fame as over 259,000 fans toured the shrine. This figure surpassed the attendance of Pro Football’s Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, which was at that time 198,451.
In 1999 Packers President Bob Harlan approached the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc., Board of Directors on moving the Hall to the newly renovated and expanded Lambeau Field atrium. After much discussion the move was approved. On December 30, 2002 the ‘Old Hall of Fame’ closed its doors and the ‘New Hall of Fame’ opened in September of 2003.
Today the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame continues to serve Packers fans around the world celebrating 13 World Championships which includes 4 Super Bowl victories!