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Green Bay: Wisconsin’s Title Town

Green Bay at a Glance

Location: Northeast Wisconsin

Access: Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport, Interstate 43, Interstate 41/US 41, State Highway 29

Contact Information:

Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau

888-867-3342

greenbay.com

Mayo Civic Center

Built: First opened its doors in 1939; a significant expansion was completed in 2017

Multi-use space: 200,000 square feet

Exhibit Space: 66,010 square feet

Meeting Hotels:

Hyatt Regency Green Bay and KI Convention Center

Guest rooms: 241 guest suites

Meeting space: one boardroom, plus the attached KI Convention Center

Radisson Hotel and Conference Center

Guest rooms: 391 recently renovated guestrooms, including 28 suites

Meeting space: 30,000 square feet

Lodge Kohler

Guest rooms: 144, including 10 suites

Meeting space: two private rooms that can accommodate 14 attendees each

Cobblestone Hotel and Suites

Guest rooms: 60, including nine extended-stay suites

Meeting space: boardroom for 12

The Legacy Hotel

Guest rooms: 83 studio suites, 15 signature one-bedroom Suites, three grand penthouse suites

Meeting space: 5,000 square feet

Who’s Meeting in Green Bay:

Forest Lakes Evangelical Church of America

Attendees: 4,000

LeadingAge Wisconsin

Attendees: 900

Wisconsin Arborists Association

Attendees: 700

Green Bay is passionate about its Packers — and with good reason.

Based in the smallest city in the National Football League, this legendary Wisconsin team has won more championships than any other franchise. Its history predates the league. In a tradition begun by fabled coach Vince Lombardi, kids annually line up with their bikes, and Packers players ride or — if, say, a hefty linebacker’s body weight might crush the cycle, carry — the bicycles down DreamDrive to football practice. The event is fun, heartwarming, and all about building community relationships.

The special relationship between the Packers and the community permeates nearly every aspect of Green Bay. And the city’s team spirit is a highlight for groups that meet there as well.

Destination Highlights

Meandering along the banks of the Fox River and the bay of Green Bay, the city of Green Bay has a finely honed focus on the Packers’ Lambeau Field. Yet its designated districts speak to an obvious diversity in this easily walkable destination.

One is the Downtown District, featuring the new CityDeck on the Fox River, with shopping, green spaces, outdoor bars, live bands and restaurants, such as St. Brendan’s Inn, famous for Irish fare. Another is the Broadway Arts District, with murals, galleries and art studios.

Yet another is Titletown Entertainment District (TED) opened in 2017 by the Green Bay team to support tourism. A community development project with housing, office space and year-round fun, it includes sports areas, event spaces, a craft brewery and rooftop bars with terrific views of Lambeau Field. Come wintertime, TED adds ice skating and an exciting tubing run.

The district is also the home of TitleTown Tech, an educational collaboration between the Packers and Microsoft to drive economic growth, job creation and digital innovation.

To accommodate increasing area visitors, construction is adding hospitality options. The Hampton Inn–Stadium is slated for completion this summer. Opening in September, the boutique Legacy Hotel will have a farm-to-table brasserie, Grand Atrium for up to 250 guests and panoramic views, a block from Lambeau Field.

“We may be small in the NFL, but we have big city amenities, said Beth Uletowski, vice-president of the Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, “People expect that when they come to Green Bay for a game.”

 Major Meeting Spaces

“Because we’re attached to the KI Convention Center, the Hyatt Regency Green Bay doesn’t have your average room-to-meeting space ratio,” said Tracy Hillesheim, director of sales and events, referring to the downtown property’s 241  guestrooms and 80,000 square feet of meeting space.

Owned by the city of Green Bay, while managed and catered by the newly refreshed, all-suite Hyatt, the convention center offers cutting-edge technology, gorgeous waterfront and cityscape views and a connection to the Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown, perfect for overflow. Thirty restaurants are within walking distance.

Opened in 2021 overlooking Lambeau Field, the state-of-the-art, $93-million Resch Expo provides 125,000 square feet of column-free space that can be flexed from one hall into two or three. A cocktail bar and luxury suites with private-viewing balconies dominate its second floor. The nearby Resch Center, opened in 2002, is a 10,500-seat arena that hosts concerts, shows, sporting events, the Green Bay Blizzard arena football team, consumer/trade shows and game-day tailgate parties.

A mere 100 feet from Lambeau in TitleTown, Lodge Kohler — sister property to the grand American Club in the city of Kohler — boasts amenities that include a magnificent spa, indoor/outdoor dining, a rooftop bar and rooms with impressive views.

Across the road from the airport, the recently renovated Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, attached to the Oneida Casino, reflects touches of the tribe’s art and culture in its lobby and in its Cedar and Sage Grill House. Attendees can quaff a brew at the property’s beer garden.

Distinctive Venues

The Packers’ home turf, Lambeau Field, can host meetings and events from five to 1,000 attendees in 20 widely varied event spaces on-property and another five in TitleTown. Seating 81,441 fans, the stadium furnishes free game-day shuttles, and its staff embraces a corporate culture based on “winning championships” by delivering stellar guest services.

“We believe in creating a championship experience for visitors that makes them feel important, so they want to tell others about it,” said Pat Cavanaugh, events, sales, and service manager at Lambeau Field.

According to Uletowski, that must work. “Often after the Packers play, visitors write to the local newspaper about their great experience here, how friendly everyone was,” she said. “That speaks to what Green Bay is all about.”

In addition to scheduling stadium tours and Packers Heritage Trail Trolley Tours, the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and Museum can develop a customized teambuilding scavenger hunt in the museum. At the NEW Zoo and Adventure Park, teams can compete on a ropes challenge course, climbing wall and side-by-side racing dual zip lines.

Billing itself as “more Guggenheim than garage,” the Automobile Gallery and Event Center is housed in a beautifully renovated local landmark once the city’s Cadillac dealership. With a view of its collection of gleaming, historic restored vehicles, a conference room holds 20. Indoor and outdoor spaces accommodate 160 for a banquet.

At the National Railroad Museum, groups can meet and eat in a shiny restored 1939 observation/lounge car, gather in a 109-seat theater and even take a choo-choo ride in season.

After the Meeting

Green Bay is known for its thriving spirit distillers, wineries and breweries. On the same parallel that passes through the premier wine regions of Tuscany and Bordeaux, Parallel 44 Vineyard and Winery hosts events throughout the year that include a Winemaker Tour, Chocolate and Wine Pairings, and live music.

Located adjacent to the soon-to-open Legacy Hotel, Badger State Brewery leads private tours with tastings. A beer garden hosts outdoor receptions and a remodeled industrial space accommodates 300 with catering by the hotel.

Green Bay is definitely a “bring the family” place to meet. Paddlers, sailors and fishing folks can indulge their passions on the Fox River, Green Ba, and Lake Michigan, while paddlers and walkers can wind down by the water on the Fox River State Trail.

At the Oneida Nations Museum, guests can learn about Wisconsin’s Indigenous Nations through exquisite artwork, and at the Amelia Cornelius Culture Park, they can explore a 65-foot replica of a traditional Oneida longhouse similar to the one the tribe lived in hundreds of years ago.

Forty-seven-acre Green Bay Botanical Gardens offers opportunities for groups to meet in venues such as a Scandinavian gazebo; amble past some 85,000 plants on walking tours; explore the shade garden, Children’s Garden and Vietnam Vets Garden; and admire an impressive magnolia collection.

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary encompasses 535 urban acres of wildlife exhibits and rehab facilities, animal viewing and miles of hiking/skiing trails. Across the street is Bay Beach Amusement Park, with thrilling rides for both kids and adults. Ride tickets are still a quarter.