The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is a two-story facility dedicated to the professional American football team, the Green Bay Packers of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The HOF itself is located in the atrium of the Lambeau Field athletic stadium in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Extending over 15,000-square feet and spread across two floors, this facility contains artifacts, trophies, memorabilia, and interactive displays centered on the Packers. Since its beginnings in 1967, the HOF has inducted over 150 members, with new members added annually. The Packers have been a publicly owned organization with a non-profit status since 1923, and are the only major professional team to be owned by their fans in the United States. In addition, the hall is the only dedicated single-team facility of its kind in the country.
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The HOF was established in 1966 by local Green Bay restauranteur and Packer fan William L. Brault. Brault came up with the idea after visitors who stopped by Green Bay regularly asked about the team’s history. He suggested the creation of the hall to Vince Lombardi, the Packers’ head coach, who approved of the idea. Originally, the HOF consisted of temporary exhibits displayed within the Brown County Veterans Memorial Hall concourse. The next year saw the formulation of a separate corporate identity, the Packer Hall of Fame Association, which acted independently from the HOF. In 1970, yearly induction ceremonies commenced, and the HOF’s first fixed facility was formed. The dedication was passed by President Gerald R. Fox, six years later. The following 26 years saw the hall experience several renovations and expansions, until in 2003 it moved to its current location.
The HOF covers the complete timeline of the Packers team, from its origins in 1919 to today. Spanning the evolution of equipment, uniforms, and the game itself, visitors can explore the many interactive and exclusive exhibits on display. The displays extend across all people involved in the Packers team, from players and coaches to directors and fans.
Each of the HOF’s Packers players who have been inducted have their own display case. Inside these glass-fronted “lockers” are a range of items, including jerseys, helmets, balls, mounted busts of the players, photographs, signed sporting goods, and other significant memorabilia.
The Curly Lambeau exhibit is a hands-on activity where visitors can attempt their own “Lambeau Leap” by jumping upon the soft-play wall in an attempt to scale it. A “Lambeau Leap” is a celebratory jump into the end zone stands, done by Packers players after they have scored a touchdown at Lambeau Field. Invented by LeRoy Butler in 1993, this celebratory jump is still performed by players today.
A further exhibit is the Willie Wood’s Jump. A former Packers player, Woods measured only 5”10 yet he was able to jump up and touch his wrist against the goalpost crossbar. Visitors are invited to make their own jumping record attempt on the wall.
The Vince Lombardi exhibit displays a replica of Vince Lombardi’s office. This exhibit covers his early beginnings in the late 1950s to the successful years of the 1960s, where Lombardi coached the Packers to several NFL victories. Lombardi’s glossy wooden desk presents an ashtray and telephone, with the telephone offering a call-and-pick-up photo opportunity for visitors.
The Trophy Room showcases the four Super Bowl trophies won by the Packers under the leadership of Vince Lombardi as well as 13 World Championship trophies, five NFL Championship trophies, and a selection of other championship items, including team-signed balls.
The Brett Favre exhibit displays his 16 seasons with the Packers since his joining in 1992. This record matches Bart Star for the longest tenure. Complete with high-quality photographs and a detailed timeline up until 2006, the exhibit features facts, trivia, and the NFL records set by Favre during his career. Visitors can also measure their hand against Favre's in an interactive activity.
Ongoing Programs and Education
The HOF provides a Lambeau field trip program for students of a range of ages. This program is designed to educate learners on the history of the Packers and the many moments of sporting history the players have achieved. A tour of the stadium is available for students, as is a tour of the hall. For Scouts, the HOF offers the Scout Patch Program and the Scout Sleepover Program.
1265 Lombardi Ave, Green Bay, WI 54304, Phone: 920-499-4281