- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) - Lambeau Field may be more than 170 miles away for most Beloit residents, but for postal worker Ron Tanner the “Frozen Tundra” is just down a short flight of stairs at his west side home.

Tanner, 51, has recreated a scale model of the famed home of the Green Bay Packers from cardboard and wood using photos taken over four separate trips to Lambeau for reference. He said the project took five years to complete, and features up-to-date renovations and remodels, including the Atrium, south end zone expansion from 2013, the Lombardi Trophy added in 2014 on the east side and the Lombardi clock tower that reads 15 minutes early as an homage to “Lombardi time.”

There are parked cars, individually painted fans, team buses, statues of Lombardi and Curly Lambeau made out of modified army men and all the signage those who have been to Lambeau would expect from a replica.

“I tried to get as much detail as I could,” Tanner told the Beloit Daily News (https://bit.ly/2cpRmr9).

The details inside the stadium are as striking as those outside it. Dual portable DVD players serve as functional Jumbotrons that display highlights from the Packers 2010 Super Bowl season. String lights were weaved through the interior to bring the luxury boxes and stadium lights to life. On the field itself, a miniature Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packer offense is in the midst of running a deep pass play to Jordy Nelson, who has a step on the Chicago Bears defender covering him.

The sidelines are alive as well, with a dozen more players and head coaches for both teams, a chain gang, a crane camera and two end zone cameras. The complete Packers Hall of Fame inductees, retired numbers and World Championships line the perimeter of the stadium.

Tanner said he was able to complete the project with the help of his brother Terry and his wife Jamie, as well as the Ink Smart office supply store, which helped him print signage that appears throughout the stadium. He has been a fan of the Packers “since day one” and has been to at least a dozen Packers games over the years.

“We get loud and obnoxious on game days,” said Tanner.

Tanner’s entire basement is really a shrine to the green and gold, with hundreds of photos, 44 autographs from current or former Packers, dolls, helmets, collector’s items and other knick-knacks. The centerpiece and his pride and joy, however, is the miniature home of the four-time Super Bowl champions.

Jamie said she wasn’t initially on board with her husband’s ambitious project, but she warmed to the idea once she saw it begin to come together.

“The more he got into it, the more I thought ‘that’s cool,’” said Jamie Tanner. “I like the Packers, don’t get me wrong, but not like this guy.”

Tanner said he has no idea how much he spent over the course of the project, but estimates “it has to be in the hundreds.” Jamie said one trip to the hobby store for pieces and small trees around the exterior of the stadium yielded a bill of $75. For all he has put into it, however, Tanner said he would be willing to give it away.

“If the Packers wanted it, I would let them have it for free,” Tanner said.


Information from: Beloit Daily News, https://www.beloitdailynews.com

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