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Lambeau Field was the first modern stadium built for an NFL franchise and is now the oldest continually operating NFL stadium. Originally called City Stadium when it opened in 1957, the name was changed eight years later to honor Curly Lambeau, who not only founded and played for the Packers but who also coached the team in its first three decades. Lambeau Field's site was chosen for its natural slope which was utilized to make the stadium bowl-shape. On opening day, 32,132 fans came to see the Packers defeat the Bears, 21-17, and the then-Vice President Nixon dedicated the stadium during half time. In 1968, Vince Lombardi, renowned Packers coach and NFL icon, was honored when the stadium's street was named Lombardi Avenue. His success had started and led to a consistently increasing demand for tickets such that every home game has been sold out since 1960 and there is an average waiting time of thirty years to purchase season tickets. Thus, Lambeau Field's seating has been steadily added to since 1961 and, today, it is more than twice its original capacity.