Courtesy Greater Green Bay CVB
Groups like the Community Bankers Association of Wisconsin know they are sure to score a winning meeting in Green Bay, the northeastern Wisconsin town on the shores of Lake Michigan that is home to the Green Bay Packers football team.
“They brought 125 people into town for their annual state convention and hosted an off-site reception at the five-story Atrium attached to Lambeau Field, the Packer’s home stadium,” said Beth Ropson, director of sales, Greater Green Bay CVB. “This new addition has meeting space for up to 600 and reception space for 1,600. It is also home to the 25,000-square-foot Packers Hall of Fame, which they toured along with a behind-the-scenes look at the stadium.”
Groups often add elements of Packers football to their meetings, according to Ropson. “For example, the 450-member Wisconsin Credit Union League held a tailgate party at the Atrium during their conference at the downtown KI Convention Center.”
The convention center can handle groups of up to 3,600 in its 46,000 square feet of meeting space. About 600 guest rooms are within walking distance, including 240 at the Hotel Sierra, which is attached to the KI center by a skywalk. The 98-room Days Inn City Centre and the 149-room Holiday Inn City Centre, on the Fox River, with 4,400 square feet of meeting space, are also downtown.
City Deck, a new venue along the Fox River, is a gathering spot for convention attendees as well as a venue for city festivals and events.
In total, 4,300 hotel rooms are available in greater Green Bay, including west side properties like the 400-room Radisson Hotel and Conference Center with 30,000 square feet of meeting space and the 115-room Comfort Suites and Conference Center with 20,000 square feet of space.
Groups that bring their families to meetings enjoy the 162-room Tundra Lodge Resort and Conference Center, which has an indoor water park as well as 20,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Brown County Veterans Memorial Complex in Green Bay is often used for trade shows. It includes a 12,000-person multi-purpose arena, a 7,500-seat arena and a 43,000-square-foot exhibition hall.
For those in the football mode, Brett Favre’s Steakhouse can handle receptions for up to 320; those thinking outside the football box have options like a dinner or cocktail cruise for up to 149 aboard the Foxy Lady II cruise yacht.
Historic trains are the backdrop at the National Railroad Museum, which has a 26,000-square-foot exhibit hall.
“Also, the Green Bay Botanical Gardens will break ground next spring for a 12,000-square-foot education center, which will include a multipurpose hall to accommodate 200 guests for meetings and banquets,” said Ropson.