“Green Bay fireworks to showcase new downtown”

The Fourth of July festivities in downtown Green Bay provide the perfect opportunity to showcase all that is new.

Downtown Green Bay businesses are pulling out all the stops with about 100,000 people expected at the city’s Fourth of July festivities.

 

“Just because of how many people are going to be down here, you really have to be on your A-game to showcase what you have,” said Beau Gille, the owner of Adam’s Street Pub & Grill.

Adam’s Street Pub is hoping a pig roast and live music will help lure people in. The restaurant and bar opened just four months ago. Gille hopes the fourth will help introduce people to his new downtown establishment.

 

“We’re crossing our fingers,” said Gille. “It should be the big hooray, the Super Bowl, I guess so to speak.”

Green Bay city leaders are hoping the same thing for its revamped downtown.

 

“I think if you haven’t been here in a year, it’s significantly improved,” said Jim Schmitt, Green Bay’s mayor.

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Roundabout at Mason/Taylor opening

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Some minor relief when it comes to traffic headaches in Green Bay.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is announcing the newly constructed roundabout at the Mason and Taylor streets intersection in Brown County is opening to traffic by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3.

All movements within the roundabout are opening to motorists except for the western leg that remains closed until the Mason Street interchange at US 41 opens August 1.

The roundabout at the Mason and Taylor streets intersection is being completed a month ahead of schedule and is part of the $29 million reconstruction of the Mason Street interchange.

via Roundabout at Mason/Taylor opening.

Packers To Raise Ticket Prices

Season ticket holders will have to dig deeper next year.

The Green Bay Packers today announced plans for a price increase on stadium bowl tickets for the 2012 season. The increase has a range from $3 to $5, depending on the section in the stadium bowl.

Invoices sent to season-ticket holders this week include a letter from Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy that discusses the increase.

“For the Packers, ticket revenue continues be an important component of our ability to remain financially competitive with the other 31 NFL teams,” Murphy said in the letter. “Our goal each year is to be at the league average in terms of our ticket prices. This increase maintains our position near the league average.”

Tickets in the end zone (sections 100-108, 131-138, 303-312 and 340-354) will increase $3 to $72, tickets from the 20-yard line to the end zone (sections 109-114, 125-130, 314-320 and 332-338) will increase $4 to $80, and tickets between the 20-yard lines (sections 115-124 and 322-330) will increase $5 to $92. Payment is due to the Packers ticket office March 30.

And if you want to complain about the increase keep this in mind.  Tickets are still cheaper than for fans of our division rivals.

Comparatively speaking around the NFC North for the 2011 season, the best sideline seat for the Vikings was $143, the Bears $140, and the Lions $110.

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R.I.P Jim Irwin

Long-time Packers play-by-play announcer Jim Irwin has died.

Family, friends, co-workers and sports fans across Wisconsin are grieving the reported loss of a voice who brought the excitement of world champions and favorite athletes into our homes for decades.

Hall of Fame announcer Jim Irwin, Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s longtime play-by-play voice of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and Wisconsin Badgers, has passed away.

Irwin’s daughter confirmed the information to TODAY’S TMJ4’s Mike Jacobs.

Irwin faced a battle with kidney cancer and had recently received hospice care in Southern California.

Jim became “the voice” of the Green Bay Packers on 620 WTMJ in 1975.

When Bender left in 1975, Irwin slid over to the play-by-play microphone, initially working with color commentator Lionel Aldridge, a former Packers defensive end, TODAY’S TMJ4 sports anchor and NBC Sports commentator.

Irwin wouldn’t give up that job for 24 years, working with former Packers wide receiver Max McGee for the final 20 of those seasons.

When he retired Jim Irwin had called more Packers games than other announcer.  While he is best remembered for being the Packers’ play-by-play man, he also called Bucks and Badgers games in addition to being a fill-in for Brewers games.

In his illustrious career, Irwin earned Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year 10 times, while being named to the Packers Hall of Fame and Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

Irwin had a number of other roles as well at 620WTMJ and TODAY’S TMJ4.

He called Milwaukee Bucks basketball games on Newsradio 620 WTMJ from 1979-1993, teaming with analyst Jon McGlocklin during many of those years.

Irwin was present for 12 consecutive playoff appearances and three runs to the Eastern Conference Finals from 1980-91.

He also worked with Bender and former Badgers quarterback Ron Vanderkelen on Wisconsin football from 1969-90, while doing play-by-play on Badgers basketball during that time as well.

“Jim Irwin, he was one of the best play-by-play people that I’ve ever heard,” said Vanderkelen in a 2011 interview with Sorgi.

“He and I got along very well.  He said, ‘this is what your role is,’ and we just jelled very, very easily…It was just a pleasure.”

Irwin also called Milwaukee Brewers games during the 1970’s and 1980’s on Newsradio 620 WTMJ as a fill-in voice for Bob Uecker when the longtime Voice of the Brewers had national television responsibilities.

Condolences to the Irwin family on their loss.

 

 

 

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