Packers brace for record crowd at shareholders’ meeting

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The one tangible thing that a share of Packers stock* carries with it (other than a piece of paper) is a lifetime invitation to the team’s annual shareholders’ meeting.  This year, with the most recent stock* sale tripling the total number of shareholders, the Packers are preparing for a record crowd at Tuesday’s Lambeau Field get-together.

According to Richard Reyman of the Green Bay Pres Gazette, more than 25,000 shareholders have told the team they’ll be attending the meeting.

In past years, when shareholders could bring up to four guests each, the largest crowd showed up in 1998.  But the high-water mark of 18,707 likely will be shattered this time around.

The decision to preclude shareholders from bringing guests was driven by the possibility that the team wouldn’t have been able to fit everyone into the stadium.  “Our intention was we simply didn’t know,” team spokesman Aaron Popkey said.  “First and foremost, we could have been at capacity with shareholders only.  We would have been over capacity with even a single-guest policy.”

At the meeting, shareholders will elect new directors and hear from G.M. Ted Thompson.

So, yeah, maybe a share of stock that doesn’t appreciate in value and can’t be sold isn’t such a bad investment, after all.

23 responses to “Packers brace for record crowd at shareholders’ meeting

  1. I’d pay $250 for a lifetime invitation to Jets meetings, even if the theme would pretty much always be “We disappointed you last year, but this time things are different!”

  2. Amuses me that people think Packer fans are suckers for buying stock to provide funding to a non-profit organization to improve the stadium. The rest of you suckers can keep lining the pockets of billionaire owners, I’ll continue to accumulate stock and contribute to keeping the Packers community-owned.

  3. wish my team could do this. anyone who says different is jealous and in complete denial.

  4. seems to me Fans of the other 31 teams would love to have this type of interaction with their team… but this comes from a *shareholder who wont be able to attend this years meeting…
    GO PACK GO!!!

  5. Skip it, Im going to tailgate. Except I dont have to buy an 80$ ticket and 5$ beers. It’s a cheap away game. That way it’ll be the first time I won’t see the Lions lose there.

  6. Trusting these bonehead cheeseheads to make a decision as important as electing directors they likely will go the meeting with no prior knowledge about?

    What could possibly go wrong?

  7. “At the meeting, shareholders will elect new directors and hear from G.M. Ted Thompson.

    So, yeah, maybe a share of stock that doesn’t appreciate in value and can’t be sold isn’t such a bad investment, after all.”

    Sounds like Florio is finally seeing that some things are worth more than money.

    – Like this post if you respect the fact that the Green Bay Packers are the only team in professional sports that are Owned by the fans.

  8. Keep ripping on a beautiful thing and calling it worthless stock everyone. It only screams the jealousy you all have of the Packer nation. Most of you can’t even fill your stadiums on game day

  9. I still think the stock is kinda cool. I’m not a Packer fan, but I can see getting it if the 49ers did it. I don’t think it’s an investment or anything, in fact I doubt I’d even go to a share holders meeting; but just like having a classic jersey or framed poster to hang up in a basement or study.

  10. Shareholders also get to vote for the board of directors. The board of directors chooses the team president/gm. The packers are a non-profit and donate significantly to Wisconsin charities. You should stop misrepresenting the value of Packers stock. Packers fans actually have a say in how their team is run, as opposed to the fans in say…Minnesota, or Buffalo, or Cincinnati our any other city where the public has paid for a stadium for the pleasure of having a billionaire generate massive profits.

  11. Packing up the RV and heading out in a few minutes. Tailgating menu for the day:

    – Bloody Marys/Beer Margaritas/Beer
    – Cheese Straws
    -Dates with Goat Cheese Wrapped in Prosciutto
    – Roasted Asparagus and Red Onion Quesadillas
    – Chili Chicken Wings
    – Italian Sausage Meatball Heroes
    – Peanut Butter and Fudge Brownies with Salted Peanuts

    Getting to bed early and then we will be ready for the big meeting.

    Life is good.

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