Modernizing Lambeau Field: Improvements On the Way for the NFL's Best Stadium

J FCorrespondent IApril 27, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 17:  The Green Bay Packers play against the New Orleans Saints on September 17, 2006 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Saints defeated the Packers 34-27.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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In 2007, the longtime home of the Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field, was ranked No. 1 in game-day atmosphere and fan experience by Sports Illustrated.

The Frozen Tundra remains a memorable destination for any football fan. Even the most diehard Bears fans can't deny it is one of the top NFL stadiums still in existence today and it's about to get even better.

Lambeau was last renovated in 2003 in order to compete financially with more modern stadiums. Although more seats were added, the original seating bowl remains and makes the legendary field the oldest in the league.

The Atrium, which includes the Packers Pro Shop, Packers Hall of Fame and Curly's Pub, was also constructed at that time. A draft day party will still be held at the pub this year amid the stadium's offseason silence due to the ongoing labor uncertainty.

Although newer doesn't always mean better, the 2003 renovation took nothing away from the stadium's mystique and created a perfect hybrid of old and new.

In late 2010, the Packers announced more projects to improve Lambeau Field. The plan was to install new HD scoreboards and replace the old sound system in time for the 2011 season. Renovations to the end zones were also in the mix.

Work on the sound system will begin soon, but the more desirable video boards are being put off another year to save money. A new gate on the stadium's northern side is also being considered to decrease crowds following games.

The sound system will be ready by mid-summer, but Packers fans will be the first to tell you that the current scoreboards aren't anything to write home about and need the most attention.

What could be better than gaping at replays of Aaron Rodger's pin-point accuracy in high definition or hearing announcements that the Bears are losing in crystal clear surround sound amid the cheers of surrounding cheeseheads?

Both improvements are much needed and anticipated by those who are fortunate enough to hold season tickets to the NFL's most historic stadium. 

Check out my article on why Lambeau is still the NFL's best stadium here.