The Denver Broncos make their fifth visit to Lambeau Field in team history today when they face the defending NFL Champions, the Green Bay Packers. New stadiums today are popping up across the NFL and seem to be more like massive, elaborate mansions, instead of basic football stadiums. Lambeau Field, despite modifications and upgrades over the years to increase capacity, is one of the last iconic stadiums that helped establish the history of the Green Bay Packers, as well as the entire NFL. Unfortunately, in the four previous trips to Lambeau Field, the Broncos have yet to come away with a victory. Despite the Broncos lack of success, Lambeau Field remains one of the more notorious stadiums in the NFL. Below I have listed interesting facts and tidbits about the location that will be host to the Denver Broncos today.
– Opened in 1957 as City Stadium (informally referred to as New City Stadium since it replaced original City Stadium)
– Renamed Lambeau Field in 1965 in memory of Packers founder and long-time head coach Curly Lambeau, who had died earlier in the year
– Since 1968, stadium’s address has been 1265 Lombardi Avenue in honor of Vince Lombardi
– Playing field is 640 feet above sea level
– Original cost of stadium in 1957 was $960,000 and its seating capacity was 32,500
– Vice President Richard Nixon officially dedicated the stadium when it opened on September 29, 1957; Green Bay beat the Chicago Bears 21-17
– Voters approved a referendum 53% to 47% in 2000 that allowed stadium naming rights be sold in order to fund renovation. The city and team agreed to $100 million dollars for naming rights but no buyer was found.
– Naming rights have been sold to five entrance gates at Lambeau Field
– In 2009, The Sports Turf Management Association name Lambeau Field the 2009 Field of the Year