GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - It’s no accident that a new clock outside of Green Bay’s Lambeau Field is always 15 minutes fast.
The clock faces Lombardi Avenue – and the hands show what’s commonly known as “Lombardi Time.”
Legendary Packers’ coach Vince Lombardi expected his players to be 15 minutes early for practices and meetings. And it’s one of those nuances that helped the Packers win numerous NFL championships and the first two Super Bowls in the 1960’s.
The clock’s been up since July, and the Packers never said anything about it until now. Some people called the team’s offices to report that something was amiss outside 1265 Lombardi Avenue.
Team president Mark Murphy said they considered putting the words “Lombardi Time” under the clock – but they wanted to let folks could figure it out for themselves.
NBC mentioned it during last Sunday night’s broadcast of the Packer-Detroit game. The clock is located atop the new Bellin Health Gate at Lambeau.
It’s part of the latest $143 million renovation package that was partially funded by additional sales of Packer stock.