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The Land That Became Lambeau.......

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    Harold Baker, a Green Bay Street Department worker, cuts barbed wire from a pasture fence as site work begins for the Packers’ new stadium on Oct. 11, 1956. New City Stadium went up on 48 acres of farmland at Highland Avenue and Ridge Road, then virtually the southwest edge of town. Press-Gazette archives
     
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    With a hatchet holding down the blueprints, W.C. Green and Louis Conard, both Green Bay Street Department engineers, begin surveying the site of the new City Stadium on Oct. 11, 1956. The tall stake in front of Green marks the location of the future 50-yard line. Press-Gazette archives


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    City workers using graders begin shaping the east side of the bowl for the new City Stadium in early November 1956. This photo looks north toward Highland Avenue. The west side of the stadium was built into the hillside along Ridge Road. Press-Gazette archives
     
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    The first 400-seat section of concrete steps, on which raised wooden bleacher seats would be installed, is completed at the new City Stadium in April 1957. The 64-foot form is rolled on for pouring the next 400-seat section. Press-Gazette archives
     
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    These 18 steel-reinforced cement structures, seen in early April 1957, are the main supports for the center portion of the 60-row seating section on the west side of the new City Stadium. Press-Gazette archives
     
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    Standing near the south end zone, quarterback Bart Starr looks over progress on construction of new City Stadium in May 1957. A decade later, Starr scored a touchdown not far from where he’s standing to give the Packers a 21-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the Ice Bowl. Press-Gazette archives
     
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    The first steel beams go up on the west side of the new City Stadium on May 13, 1957. The steel framework held 35 rows of seats above ground level. Press-Gazette archives
     
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    The seating area on the west side of the new City Stadium continues to take shape on May 20, 1957. Crews poured concrete each day to form 400-seat sections of steps, on which raised wooden bleachers would be installed. The steel framework above would hold 35 more rows of seats. Press-Gazette archives
     
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    As the new City Stadium was being built in the summer of 1957, much of the surrounding area on Green Bay’s far southwest side still hadn’t been developed. At left, there’s still part of a farm along Ridge Road just west of the stadium. At right, the residential neighborhood north of Highland Avenue has few homes in it. At top, Highland Avenue curves northwest to Military Avenue. Press-Gazette archives
     
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    From left, Clarence Swamp, Andrew Vollmer and Julius Danforth lay sod on the playing field at the new City Stadium in late June 1957. Above them, a row of seats was installed to allow workers access to construction on the press box on the west side of the stadium. Press-Gazette archives
     
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    Three youngsters — from left, Jeff and Mark Vanden Heuvel and Mike Charles — sit on the seat brackets and watch work at the new City Stadium in late June 1957. California hardwood planks later were fastened to the brackets. Press-Gazette archives
     
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    The intersection of Ridge Road and Highland Avenue on Green Bay's southwest side was more vacant than occupied when City Stadium was being built in 1957. Press-Gazette archives
     
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    Nice piece of of work.
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    The framework of the press, radio and television box sits atop the west side of the new City Stadium in mid-August 1957. Also new is the low fencing along the seats closest to the field. Press-Gazette archives
     
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    The new scoreboard stands at the back of the south end zone at new City Stadium in September 1957. The letter T in the word “It” lit up each time the Packers scored a touchdown. Press-Gazette archives
     
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    An aerial view of new City Stadium in 1957, facing northwest. Ridge Road is at top and Highland Avenue is at right. Press-Gazette archives
     
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    From left, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hudson and Mr. and Mrs. M.W. Sherman take in the Packers’ first game at new City Stadium, Sept. 29, 1957. Press-Gazette archives
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    Wearing a button that says "I'm A Packer Backer," Vice President Richard Nixon waves to fans at the dedication ceremonies for new City Stadium on Sept. 29, 1957. Wisconsin Gov. Vernon Thomson is at right. Press-Gazette archives
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    Cars fill the parking lot at the Packers’ first game at new City Stadium, Sept. 29, 1957. Press-Gazette archives
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    Amazing to think of the fields where the stadium was built from; to the busy neighborhood and streets that now surround Lambeau Field! Thank you for sharing.
     
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    I got chills reading this
     
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    I'm always amazed to see residential homes right across the street from the stadium. What a contrast it is compared to other stadiums.
     

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