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Information on the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame.
The Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame was the first hall of fame built to honor a single professional American football team. In 1966 Bill Brault approached Vince Lombardi for an official approval to develop what would eventually become the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. In 1967, The Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame Association was established. The induction process began in 1970 as eight Packer legends from the 1920’s became the first class of inductees. The original group included; Curly Lambeau, Cal Hubbard, Jug Earp, Johnny “Blood” McNally, Mike Michalske, Bernard “Boob” Darling, Lavvie Dilweg and Verne Lewelle.
With the success of the Induction Banquets and the growing popularity of the Hall of Fame display, the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame Association decided to pursue a permanent museum. On May 23, 1975, the Association became a 501 non-profit corporation which would allow them to receive funds as a charitable organization. The “34th and Goal” fundraising campaign was launched, which sold Charter Lifetime Memberships to more than 5000 fans at $25 per membership. On July 12, 1976 President Gerald Ford helped dedicate the new 17,000 square feet Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. During the next 12 months 60,000 visitors toured the new museum.
In 1981, a new 7000 square foot extension was added. In 1990 another $750,000 renovation was completed, followed by a $150,000 investment in 1994. By 1996, when the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl season was in progress, attendance reached 160,647. An overall renovation for $1.6 million increased the display area of the Hall to 21,000 square feet; it was completed July 2, 1997. The years end figures exceeded 259,000 fans.
On December 20, 2002 the “Old Hall of Fame” closed its doors and the “New Hall of Fame” opened the following September at Lambeau Field. Today, the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc., continues to operate as an independent 501 tax exempt corporation. The two major fund raising events each year are the Hall of Fame Golf Classic and the Hall of Fame Induction Banquet.
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