Say the name Green Bay, Wisconsin—especially this time of year—and the first thing that comes to mind is their NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. But, as I learned on a recent trip, while the Packers have a big (and about to get bigger) presence, there’s a lot more going on in the city, especially in its burgeoning downtown area.
The biggest news for meeting planners is the recent expansion of the KI Convention Center, which now features 80,000 square feet of meeting space. Owned by the city and operated by the adjacent 241-suite Hyatt on Main (soon to be rebranded as the Hyatt Regency Green Bay), the KI Convention Center offers waterfront views and is also connected to the new Hampton Inn.
Other new openings downtown include the “Backstage at the Meyer,” a new meeting and event space adjacent to the historic Meyer Theatre, and the new Cannery Public Market in the Titletown Brewery Company’s new expansion, which also features Titletown’s new rooftop space called, cleverly, the “Rooftap.” And opening soon is the Automobile Gallery, a gallery filled with classic cars that is specifically designed for meetings and events.
Additional options for groups include the newly remodeled and expanded Green Bay Botanical Garden, the National Railroad Museum and the F.K. Bemus Conference Center on the campus of St. Norbert College. Hotels with meeting space also include the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, which is owned and operated by the Oneida Tribe, and the Tundra Lodge Resort & Conference Center, which is planning an expansion to include a new outdoor pavilion for group events.
Out at Lambeau Field, the newly revamped Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and new 1919 Kitchen & Tap are just two of the meeting spaces available for groups from five to 1,500. The Green Bay Packers also recently announced plans for the Titletown District, which will be created on the approximately 34 acres of land immediately west of Lambeau Field. While it’s still in the planning stages, they have already announced there will be a public plaza, a hotel to be built and managed by Kohler Company, a medical clinic and the Hinterland Restaurant and Brewery.