ASHWAUBENON, Wis. - There's a lot to be excited about around Lambeau Field these days. In addition to the Packers regular season beginning with a win over the Seahawks, the team is putting the finishing touches on parts of the new Titletown District.
After nearly two years of planning and construction, the Titletown District park will open Friday, September 15 at 3 p.m.
It includes a plaza for festivals and holiday fairs, and an activity area with horseshoes, ping pong and bocce ball.
There is also a regulation-size football field and a 36,000 square foot playground.
The grand opening celebration will include live music, face painting, outdoor games and exercise and wellness classes.
The upscale Lodge Kohler hotel, Hinterland Brewery and Bellin Health Titletown Sports Medicine and Orthopedics all opened this summer during phase one of the project.
"They're absolutely going to come and visit," said Brenda Krainik with the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau. "If they live here they're absolutely going to tell their family and friends, you have to come and do this with us. It will be a great time and that's really something that is that word of mouth advertising, it's great storytelling for our community."
Two major attractions that are nearly complete are the tubing hill and skating pond.
That portion of the Titletown District should be ready to open up in mid-November, Packers representatives said.
The only parts of the park that won't open Friday are the bistro and event space below the tubing hill, which will open later this fall, the Packers said.
The bistro will be named 46 Below in homage to the Ice Bowl, the legendary 1967 NFL Championship game at Lambeau where the wind chill temperature plummeted to 46 below zero, the team said. It also references the fact that the bistro is 46 feet below the top of the tubing hill.
The event space on the second level will be called Rockwood Terrace and will accommodate 200 people. It is named in honor of the Packers' former training facility, Rockwood Lodge.