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New Harlan Plaza unveiled at Lambeau Field

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LAMBEAU FIELD (WAOW) - An iconic area of Lambeau Field is almost ready to reopen. The Harlan Plaza was unveiled Wednesday, as the man it's dedicated to watched in awe.

"To share the space with Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi is a dream for me,” said former Packers president Bob Harlan.

He has a lot to be proud of. People like Mike Holmgren, Ron Wolf, and Brett Favre likely wouldn't be household names without him.

"I had fans calling me all the time saying Bob you know we're never going to win again, and the big cities have passed us by and the Lombardi era's the last great era this franchise is ever going to have,” said Harlan. “Once Ron Wolf came to town, he hires Mike Holmgren to trade for Brett Favre and signs Reggie White. That was the foundation that brought this franchise back to respectability."

Now this legend has an even bigger place in Packers history. Fans will find the new Harlan Plaza next to the team's pro shop outside of the Lambeau Field Atrium.

"We all feel, I think, everybody who works for the Packers kind of feel like we're stewards and that we want to leave this iconic jewel of a stadium better than we found it," said current Packers president Mark Murphy.

Harlan said it's an honor to have the plaza dedicated in his name. He says it's just another way to show the tradition of the organization he loves so much.

"I love the tradition of this franchise and nothing shows that tradition more than Lambeau Field and everyone around the country says you got to see it," said Harlan.

Fans are looking forward to walking through on their way into the games this season.

"It's like you're in awe and it's only going to get better,” said Ginger Kerkhoff of Freedom.

Part of it is a small thank you to a man who's had such a big impact.

The plaza isn't open yet to the public. It will open next Thursday when the new pro shop will also have its grand opening.
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