Scope of Work:
The Green Bay Packers had only one grass practice field, and by each season’s end, its considerable wear affected the field’s appearance, playability, and safety. In July 2008, the Packers decided to renovate Nitschke Field from one synthetic field to two natural grass fields to use for practices.
FIELDS provided turn-key construction of the entire practice field complex directly to the Green Bay Packers, self-performing over 65% of the work. Demolition items included existing buildings, a 250-space parking lot, and the synthetic practice field. Grades were changed, a new storm sewer system was installed, and masonry walls were built surrounding the complex. The new oversized NFL practice field was built utilizing sub-drainage, USGA sand/peat root zone, hydronic heating system (for a portion of the field), irrigation, and fiber-reinforced bluegrass sod. Other components included ornamental iron gates, custom elevated bleachers, a viewing platform, Musco field lighting, scoreboard, new parking area, landscaping, irrigation, a pedestrian corridor, and site furnishings.
The project was a design/build collaboration among the Packers’ executive team, FIELDS, other professional companies, and a multitude of subcontractors and local labor.