Ray Nitschke Field gate at night.

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Ray Nitschke Field gate at night.

Demolition of building in area of proposed field.

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Demolition of building in area of proposed field.

Grading and frost free gravel layer

FIELDS built the playing field for this outdoor stadium in Minneapolis. >>Read more

Grading and frost free gravel layer

Heat System Pex Tubing prior to cover.

We were honored to partner with Chevrolet, Major League Baseball and Scotts to renovate five youth baseball fields last fall. >>Read more

Heat System Pex Tubing prior to cover.

Completion of Bluegrass sod installation

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Completion of Bluegrass sod installation

Nitschke Field bleachers.

Green Bay Packers' training facility received a complete renovation and conversion from synthetic to natural turf fields. FIELDS also worked with the organization to create an improved "Packer Fan" experience. >>Read more

Nitschke Field bleachers.

Completed field at night.

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Completed field at night.

Aerial photo of Nitschke practice area.

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Aerial photo of Nitschke practice area.

Scope of Work

This project required removing the existing synthetic sports turf field and replacing it with a 170,000-square-foot, sand-based natural grass playing surface, as well as installing a field heating system, lighting and bleacher seating for 1,500 people. In addition to the field construction, FIELDS was involved working with the Village of Ashwaubenon to create a pedestrian thoroughfare and an improved "Packer Fan" experience.

Nitschke Field Reconstruction

Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Sportsfield Designer: DA Hogan & Associates, Inc.

Completed: Spring 2009


The Green Bay Packers had only one grass practice field, and the considerable wear sustained by season's end not only affected the appearance and playability of the field, it was becoming a safety issue as well. In July 2008, the Packers decided to renovate Nitschke Field from one synthetic field to two natural grass fields to use for practices.

 

The Packers historically held their training camps on Hinkle Field; since the field is bordered by a very busy street, there was concern about the safety of fans who sat on portable bleachers along the street. The decision was made to move all seating for the training camp season to the renovated Nitschke Field.

 

FIELDS started construction in September with the demolition of the existing synthetic turf field to make space for a new lighted parking lot. This lot replaced the 250-car parking lot that had to be moved to make way for the new field. Once the lot was completed in October, the old lot was pulverized and ground in place, and the material used to construct the subgrade for the new field.

 

The 700' x 240' field (about 170,000 square feet) featured a sand-based root zone, was sodded with special blends of bluegrass and stitched with GrassMaster to ensure great footing for the players. Since the Packers play in an outdoor stadium and the philosophy of the organization is that they should practice outdoors as well, it was decided that 60 yards of the new field should be heated to accommodate late-season practices. FIELDS, in conjunction with Tweet/Garot Mechanical, designed a state-of-the-art heating system complete with controls and monitoring that can be handled remotely. To accommodate the boilers used to heat the system, FIELDS built an addition onto the existing Hutson Center, the team's indoor practice facility. The addition also contained storage for the football operations staff.

 

During the renovation, the Packers and the Village of Ashwaubenon worked closely together to design and build the first leg of a proposed lighted pedestrian corridor. FIELDS construction the corridor of brick pavers that could also be used for parking, along with an 800-foot decorative brick wall that mirrored Lambeau Field. The corridor also featured bollard lights, replica historic iron gates and other retro elements reminiscent of the days when the Packers played at Old City Field. On the field side of the brick wall, FIELDS installed elevated bleachers designed to bring fans close to the action during training camp.

 

Other features of the new facility included a rubberized surface near the field for staging football operations. FIELDS installed Musco lights to fully illuminate the field for nighttime practices, and also designed a viewing platform so the Packers could host other events at the facility throughout the year.

 

The project was a design/build collaboration between the Packers' executive team, FIELDS, DA Hogan and other professional companies, along with a multitude of subcontractors and local labor.

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