|Death: ||Oct. 3, 1977|
Executive member of the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors, 1925-1977.
By the mid-1950s, the Packer franchise was squarely at a crossroads. NFL owners were seeing crowds of 70,000 or more crowd at stadiums in Cleveland and Los Angeles, and were frustrated by the small checks they were getting through the visitors to City Stadium. More and more, they were
demanding their games in Wisconsin be held in Milwaukee, which had a bigger stadium and better hotel facilities.
In 1955, they told the Packers management to build a new, modern facility in Green Bay, or move all of their games to Milwaukee. In 1956, Green Bay voters responded by approving
(70.3%) a bond issue to finance the new stadium. The original cost was $960,000, which was paid off in 1978.
The Packers' Fred Leicht, who supervised the 1925 construction of City Stadium, in May 1955 submitted a proposal for a new, 32,000-seat facility.
Referendum: Passed April 3, 1956 (11,575 to 4,893), while community leaders debated over a site.
Site: In late April 1956, the Packers hired an engineering company to study proposed locations. The company in July 1956 recommended the corner of Highland (now Lombardi) Avenue and Ridge Road.
Land: City Council purchased farmland owned by Victor and Florence Vannieuwenhoven in August 1956 for $73,305.
Contract: Awarded early in 1957, with groundbreaking as soon as weather permitted.
Time: No longer than nine months, in time for '57 opener.
Cost: $960,000 in municipal bonds; the Packer Corporation paid $634,700 in interest and principal.
Note: City Stadium was the first stadium built exclusively for an NFL franchise.
Kathryn Leicht (1895 - 1984)*
Nicolet Memorial Gardens
Plot: Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Bldg. D
Created by: Jeanne Biebel
Record added: Oct 23, 2013
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