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Starting Monday, the Miller Gate and Harlan Plaza at Lambeau Field will close so the most recent phase of construction can begin on the stadium's atrium.
According to Mike Spofford of the Packers official website:
That phase requires excavating the area underneath where the Harlan Plaza and the statues currently reside to create a new, ground-floor entrance to the Packers Pro Shop, which is doubling in size.
“The plaza drops down about 20 feet,” said Ted Eisenreich, the Packers’ director of facility operations. “The front doors of the new Pro Shop will be like if you’re walking into the old Hall of Fame. The whole plaza needs to be excavated.”
The atrium inside Lambeau Field will still be accessible through the Oneida Nation Gate on the east side of the stadium in order to reach the Packers Pro Shop, Curly's Pub, other booked events and stadium tours.
The approximately 14-foot statues of Vince Lombardi and Curly Lambeau have been moved from the front of the stadium while excavation takes place.
Re-opening of the Miller Gate and Harlan Plaza will take place in what's being publicized at mid to late July.
Meanwhile, in regards to the football operations department, general manager Ted Thompson and members of his scouting and personnel staff will be in Mobile, Ala. on Monday for various Senior Bowl events where more than 100 NFL draft prospects will be taking part in the football equivalent of a job interview.
Starting at 7:30 a.m. and lasting through 9:00 a.m. CT, the weigh-in takes place, where all players' height, weight, arm length and hand size are taken.
Then in the afternoon, the first practices take place with the South team at Fairhope Stadium in Mobile from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., and then the North team from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The NFL Network will have live coverage of the North team practice for one hour from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. CT.
Local Packers media, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Packers official website will have coverage from the Senior Bowl. But other good general draft related sites covering the event include NFLDraftCountdown.com, OptimumScouting.com, WalterFootball.com, DraftInsider.net and GBNReport.com.