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Access to Lambeau Field Atrium Changes Monday

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Visitor access to the Lambeau Field Atrium will change starting Monday for continued renovations costing about $140 million.

The changes include the addition of an east gate, a bigger Packers Pro Shop and new front plaza.

With the Packers in the off-season, the major renovations to the atrium will be the organization's focus over the next several months.

The work includes expanding parking on the north and east side, renovating Harlan Plaza and adding a new gate.

Officials say it will improve fans' access to Lambeau, especially on game days.

"We've got a new gate that's being constructed that'll greatly enhance getting in and out of the building that'll serve the Pro Shop, that'll serve the restaurant, it'll serve the atrium it'll serve the new Hall of Fame down the road," Aaron Popkey, Director of Public Relations for the Packers, said.

On the inside, the Packers Pro Shop will double in size and a new Curly's Pub will be built.

Those venues will remain open for now and stadium tours will still be available.  The Hall of Fame remains closed and won't be completed until 2015.

However, starting on Monday, the Miller Lite entrance will close.

Fans accessing the Lambeau Field atrium during construction should park on the east side and use the Oneida Nation Gate.

"There's plenty of parking there, but there's just the one entrance. So, that'll be the adjustment people have to make as they're coming to the atrium," Popkey said.

It's a work in progress that fans are eager to see once it's complete.

"We travel here a couple times a month and we decided to stop by today to bring the girls, this is their first experience of Curly's Pub, so I think it'll be great to bring them back here and see all the changes," Elizabeth Monnette of Peshtigo, said.

"It's important for our Packer pride, with our Packer pride, to show that off to friends, friends from different places," Jeff Vele of Bowler said.

Officials hope to have the new east gate completed and ready to open this summer.

The Packers say the entire project is being paid for by the organization, through their own funds and the NFL's G4 loan program. As with the first phase of the stadium renovation - a $146 million project that featured a new sound system and video boards plus the south end zone stadium expansion now nearing completion - no public tax money is being used.

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