Packers announce 100 Seasons celebration events
The Green Bay Packers are celebrating a major milestone --100 seasons of Packers football--with free events for fans.
Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy and team historian Cliff Christl held a news conference Monday to kickoff the celebration and discuss the importance of the Green and Gold.
"I believe this is the greatest story in sports," Christl says.
Over the next 16 months, the team will celebrate the centennial leading up to a 100th birthday bash on Aug. 11, 2019.
"It's always kind of been kind of in the future, and we're almost there now," Murphy says. "It's exciting, and I know for all of us it's really exciting to see all the planning and the work that we've done to finally come to fruition."
Despite an NFL record 13 world championships and 25 Pro Football Hall of Famers, Christl says the team's most amazing feat is that it survived as a small town, community-owned team.
"That's not an exaggeration to say that this team was on its deathbed basically every day from August 11, 1919, certainly through the 1950 stock sale, maybe until games started being broadcast on TV," Christl said.
Murphy says there will be four "tentpole" events to celebrate 100 seasons:
: An exhibit on the history of the Packers will travel Wisconsin through 2019.
Lambeau Field Live hits the road in June. It will be at Summerfest, EAA AirVenture, Northern Wisconsin State Fair, the Wisconsin State Fair, and Taste of Madison.
The events include meet-and-greets with former Packers, a Lambeau Leap wall, and prizes.
: the Packers Experience is much like the NFL Experience that's held every Super Bowl. It is free to the public during Training Camp.
- Thursday, July 26: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Friday, July 27: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Saturday, July 28: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Sunday, July 29: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
: The 2018 home opener will kickoff with a free concert and alumni weekend.
: in 2019, a 10-part docu-series on the history of the Packers will be released.
The series has new interviews and "never-before seen" footage, according to the Packers.
The Packers are encouraging fans to use the social media hashtag #Packers100.