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Packers consider building indoor practice facility around Lambeau

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Packers team officials have discussed possibly building an indoor practice facility and a baseball stadium on the land around Lambeau Field, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

“We do think the area is ripe for development,” said Jason Wied, Packers vice president of administration and general counsel.

It doesn’t sound like the Packers will try to build some Patriots Place-like mall.  Instead, they could go with an indoor practice faciliy, a baseball stadium and possibly a hotel.  The idea would essentially be to create some revenue for the Packers they wouldn’t have to share with the rest of the league.

The planning sounds like it’s just at its infant stages and already has drawn a bit of criticism from the town’s rival newspaper.  Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wants to know if taxpayer money would be necessary and that some locals are wary of the idea.

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21 Responses to “Packers consider building indoor practice facility around Lambeau”
  1. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 18, 2011 11:31 AM

    Just don’t hire the same unqualified contractors that Jerry uses.

  2. hebephrenic says: Apr 18, 2011 11:31 AM

    Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wants to know if taxpayer money would be necessary and that some locals are wary of the idea.

    The team is owned by the taxpayers…I sure hope they have to help foot the bill.

  3. emoney826 says: Apr 18, 2011 11:33 AM

    The don hutson building is indoors and right across the street. This would be a waste of money. And baseball? Why do we care about division 3 college baseball? It’s a football town. Leave it at that.

  4. hobartbaker says: Apr 18, 2011 11:44 AM

    Well, at least they don’t have to worry about ruining any spectacular views with a development complex.

  5. charism4 says: Apr 18, 2011 11:51 AM

    Put an A class baseball team there and you have a hit. Hotel would be a huge upgrade. Parking structure could take money from fans who let people park on their lawn but generate it directly to the team instead. They already have an indoor practice facility…

    Of course the area is ripe for development. Packer fans everywhere are more than happy to give their money to the team.

  6. packers1234 says: Apr 18, 2011 11:53 AM

    I wouldn’t say the Milwaukee journal sentinel is the “town’s” other paper.

  7. olcap says: Apr 18, 2011 12:07 PM

    Ah, so that’s where Mike Hunt is these days… writing a column in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel!

  8. whoknowsnothing says: Apr 18, 2011 12:13 PM

    They should have done this 50 years ago!

  9. jpmelon says: Apr 18, 2011 12:24 PM

    I thought they already had a field house right across the street. I drove through there once, so I’m not 100% familiar with it; but their facility looks great and frankly, they won’t win the superbowl every year. The feeling like they need to expand will not last forever…..unless they want a smaller venue for concerts/festivals in GB, whats the point?

  10. firethorn1001 says: Apr 18, 2011 12:25 PM

    ‘The team is owned by the taxpayers…I sure hope they have to help foot the bill.’

    No.. the team is owned by the shareholders who may or may not be taxpayers.

  11. farmmbig says: Apr 18, 2011 12:35 PM

    How do you build a practice facility AROUND Lambeau?

  12. gregjennings85 says: Apr 18, 2011 12:41 PM

    olcap:

    “Ah, so that’s where Mike Hunt is these days… writing a column in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel!”

    ________________________________

    Welcome to our world, sir.

  13. dbellina says: Apr 18, 2011 12:53 PM

    Maybe the Vikings can play there!

  14. nflguru12 says: Apr 18, 2011 1:19 PM

    Welcome to the future of the NFL teams featuring Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder. Its not what you do for your team, its what “ELSE” do you do.

    Glad the Packers at least have a vision.

  15. leroy36 says: Apr 18, 2011 1:32 PM

    The town’s rival newspaper? Milwaukee is about 120 miles from Green Bay. By that reasoning the New York Times is a rival of the Chicago Tribune.

  16. goombar2 says: Apr 18, 2011 1:46 PM

    I dunno… This idea just doesn’t sound like much of a winner to me. What does baseball have to do with football? And putting the practice field right off Lambeau? STUPID! Don’t do that!

    Guys like Jared Bush and John Kuhn forged a bond with fans crossing Onieda Street on little kids bikes and you wanna take that away? Just dumb.

    A better idea would be to see if you can get some of that land under Onieda jurisdiction and have a casino Packer themed. NFL normally isn’t happy about some stuff like that, but make no sports betting, which those casinos don’t do anyway and you might be alright. As long as the Onieda tribe is running it with the franchise getting a cut I don’t know what the objection should be.

    Second idea is put up a hotel/water park. These things are getting huge around the state. Keep it Packer themed and part of the whole experience of Lambeau. And keep expanding the GBHOF. Turn it into the Louvre of football HOFs even besting the one in Canton.

    The other thing I’d like to see built is a training rehab center. Make it world class to keep the players around and to get other folks from around the country.

  17. danimalk82 says: Apr 18, 2011 2:17 PM

    HAHAHAHA! Mike Hunt Jokes!

  18. Deb says: Apr 18, 2011 4:06 PM

    @jpmelon …

    None of us knows because we haven’t seen the rest of the books, but I doubt the revenues taken in by the Packers reflect those of, say, the Cowboys. If the Packers can make their facilities more lucrative, the money won’t be part of the joint revenues divided by the players and other teams. Once the construction costs are paid, everything from the venue is gravy to the team–and those facilities usually prove to be a cash cow. Not trying to sound cold here, but it’s much more lucrative than building a bond with kids on their cycles.

    Whether or not the type of enhancements they’re discussing would be profitable is something for the locals to work out. But enhancing the facilities is a good idea if the team can do it.

  19. teal379 says: Apr 18, 2011 4:17 PM

    goombar2 –

    There’s a hotel with an indoor waterpark 2 blocks from the field already….

  20. dd393 says: Apr 18, 2011 7:21 PM

    Teams are finding out that additional revenue that doesn’t have to be shared with the league is a must. It’s a good idea for the Packers to develop the areas and strengthen their financial base.

    And Michael Hunt is a crummy writer. I don’t know why he still has a job.

  21. vikescry1 says: Apr 18, 2011 9:50 PM

    hunt is garbage, my 9 year old can write a better story. and another hotel would be ok but not sure there’s really a need for the baseball diamond? got to imagine that they will explore this and make the right decision.

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