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Lambeau expansion nearly complete

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There is loyalty, and there is inertia.

Either way, the persistence of a large bloc of Packers fans has been rewarded, as 5,000 names are being taken off the team’s season-ticket waiting list, the most in one offseason.

The Packers gave a glimpse of the expansion of Lambeau Field yesterday, which includes 7,000 new seats. The bulk of those are going to people who have been waiting to get in for decades.

“The folks coming off the list have been on for 30 years, so there’s some patience on their part. That’s the great thing with the support the Packers have,” Packers director of public affairs Aaron Popkey said, via WBAY.

Team officials said the project, which includes suites, escalators, new concession stands and standing room areas is 98 percent finished, and should be complete before the team’s shareholders meeting in late July.

While they took pride it making it look like it blended into one of the league’s most traditional buildings, they think it’s going to be even louder than before.

“I think it’ll be pretty dramatic in that top area,” said Stuart Zadra,vice president of Hammes Company, the contractor on the project. “It’s got metal behind it that’s just going to reflect, and I’m sure people are going to be pounding on that metal cheering on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.”

And with 7,000 new voices, the effect should be dramatic.

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  1. floratiotime says: Jun 27, 2013 9:17 AM

    It’d be 7,000 if it wasn’t for all the cheese in the diet.

  2. paepae805 says: Jun 27, 2013 9:22 AM

    Just think the new stadium capacity of 80000 plus will almost exceed the population of gb, around 100k. There is Green Bay and everyone else in the NFL. The real “America’s Team”.

  3. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 27, 2013 9:22 AM

    Do the luxury suites at least have backs on the chairs?

  4. whatjusthapped says: Jun 27, 2013 9:38 AM

    Here in lies the starkest contract between the Packers and the Vikings. The Packers have a waiting list for their tickets and the Vikings lean on the local corporations to buy up excess tickets to avoid embarrassing black outs. In some cases, the home game in Minneapolis is even more embarrassing than a black out but that’s a subject for another day.

  5. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 27, 2013 9:41 AM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Jun 27, 2013 9:22 AM

    Do the luxury suites at least have backs on the chairs?

    ———

    Yes, they do. YOu know what else they have? Doors that you can go through to get out of the suite to go down to the Packer Hall of Fame and see our 4 Lombardis.

  6. GenXJay says: Jun 27, 2013 9:41 AM

    Yes. Beat on the metal infrastructure during games. Totally makes sense.
    & I highly doubt it will be that loud. The cheese in my fridge just sits there.

  7. ncheelsboysfan says: Jun 27, 2013 9:48 AM

    LOL if Green Bay were America’s Team they’d
    (1) Be worth 2 billion
    (2) Have the largest National and International fan base
    (3) Be loved and hated all over
    (4) Have people willing to pay 150k just for the right to purchase a single 50yd line season ticket
    oh and
    (5) actually have a new stadium that could seat 100k!
    Cowboys are and always will be America’s Team!
    Doomsday D III is a coming and Cowboys are ascending! Go Cowboys!

  8. thejuddstir says: Jun 27, 2013 9:53 AM

    Not into a dogfight between Packer…Bears and Vikings fans but there are 31 other teams that wish they had the sweetheart deal that the NFL gives only to the Packers. If the other teams could raise a couple hundred million dollars just from selling toilet paper with “stockholder” embossed on it, they wouldn’t need to have state money either. Packers have a good team and a great franchise but it would be nice if they played on a level field with the other 31 teams…….obviously, if they did, they wouldn’t be playing in GB and would probably be called the Los Angeles Packers.

  9. dobberdubinsky says: Jun 27, 2013 10:14 AM

    Lamblow Field = the biggest, most embarrassing dump in the NFL.

  10. jrmbadger says: Jun 27, 2013 10:14 AM

    I like the idea of the stadium getting louder.

    Viking fans can get an idea of what actual crowd generated noise is like, not that synthetic piped in stuff they get to hear at the big inflatable toilet they call a stadium. That is of course when the crowd at the dome isn’t chanting “go pack go”.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens to their crowd noise when they move into the big glass coffin that is their new stadium.

  11. jrmbadger says: Jun 27, 2013 10:20 AM

    dobberdubinsky says:Jun 27, 2013 10:14 AM

    Lamblow Field = the biggest, most embarrassing dump in the NFL.
    ================================

    It’s exactly 13 times better than that dump the Vikings are building on the dump the Vikings currently occupy.

    I mean, who would want to watch or play football in a big glass coffin?

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 27, 2013 10:27 AM

    14,000 more tears after Rd 2 of the playoffs.

  13. purpleguy says: Jun 27, 2013 10:30 AM

    Here there is an article on the expansion of Lambeau Field and the chance for more fans to watch their favorite team in person, and all Packer posters seem to focus on is how the stadium and their team’s history compare to Minnesota — there’s something uniquely Freudian about that.

  14. squared80 says: Jun 27, 2013 10:31 AM

    You Packer fans are pathetic. Go buy some more fake stock.

  15. ruvelligwebuike says: Jun 27, 2013 10:34 AM

    They do a great job of modernizing the stadium while keeping the old school feel of the place. Anyone who has been there knows what I’m talking about.

    The Soldier Field renovation looks a little strange, but still a great old stadium right on the lake. Awesome gameday atmosphere.

    Meanwhile, the Vikings inflatable toilet is being torn down for a brand new stadium. Being that it’s Minnesota, you can only assume that it will be a purple spaceship with rainbow flags all around it and no parking or tailgating whatsoever. That is, if it doesn’t tip over or implode like the majority of the structures they build in East Dakota.

  16. tinbender2000 says: Jun 27, 2013 10:37 AM

    ncheelsboysfan says: Jun 27, 2013 9:48 AM

    LOL if Green Bay were America’s Team they’d
    (1) Be worth 2 billion * To whom?
    (2) Have the largest National and International fan base * That would be the Oakland Raiders
    (3) Be loved and hated all over * Well you’re half right
    (4) Have people willing to pay 150k just for the right to purchase a single 50yd line season ticket * Jerry made his kid buy a ticket?
    oh and
    (5) actually have a new stadium that could seat 100k!* Like at the Superbowl?
    Cowboys are and always will be America’s Team! * Never have been and never will be, just a dream of delusional Cowgirl fans.
    Doomsday D III is a coming and Cowboys are ascending! Go Cowboys! * That’s the funniest one yet ! HaHaHaHaHa

  17. jayniner says: Jun 27, 2013 10:39 AM

    And 7,000 more people closer to frostbite related deaths….way to thin the herd GB.

  18. doner80 says: Jun 27, 2013 10:43 AM

    Well if they get home field advantage and with that crowd noise they’ll still get their **s kicked by my Giants HAHAHA

  19. jrmbadger says: Jun 27, 2013 10:52 AM

    squared80 says:Jun 27, 2013 10:31 AM

    You Packer fans are pathetic. Go buy some more fake stock.
    =================================

    You wanna know what’s pathetic? Almost having a blackout for your only home playoff game in years because you couldn’t sell out the metrodump.

    See – 2009 season.

  20. superjroch says: Jun 27, 2013 10:53 AM

    What is stopping other teams from selling worthless pieces of paper with the team logo to fans who want to pay $200 a crack? It’s no different than a worthless piece of cloth with your team logo (ie, a jersey). Only difference is the fans of 31 other teams wouldn’t buy a worthless piece of paper. So please don’t ridicule Packer fans for paying good money for a piece of paper and at the same time complain that they’re the only team that is allowed to do it. Your team has a billionaire owner that can sink any of his money into the team to upgrade a stadium. Instead they force property tax increases on people who don’t care. The Packers do it the right way.

  21. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 27, 2013 11:10 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jun 27, 2013 9:41 AM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Jun 27, 2013 9:22 AM

    Do the luxury suites at least have backs on the chairs?

    ———

    Yes, they do. YOu know what else they have? Doors that you can go through to get out of the suite to go down to the Packer Hall of Fame and see our 4 Lombardis.
    ______

    Is the entry fee to the Packer Hall of Fame included with the suite rental? Because if you pay $80 for a regular ticket you still have to pay extra to get into the Hall of Fame. And here’s the amazing part: People pay it.

  22. ncheelsboysfan says: Jun 27, 2013 11:12 AM

    Tinbender2000 facts please – fantasy is whats in your head.

    I will say Packers are a class franchise and I like that their fans can own the team even if it is special treatment – some traditions are worth keeping. Its pretty amazing their draw in the tundra. Grats to those they waited so long.

    As for America’s Team – GB, Steeler’s and others are just wanna be’s and their fans prove it all the time!

    Go Cowboys!

  23. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 27, 2013 11:16 AM

    jrmbadger says:Jun 27, 2013 10:52 AM

    You wanna know what’s pathetic? Almost having a blackout for your only home playoff game in years because you couldn’t sell out the metrodump.

    See – 2009 season.
    ______

    That was 2008. Everyone knew they had no chance of winning that playoff game, so I don’t think it’s awful that it didn’t sell out until late in the week (it’s a myth that a corporation bought the unsold tickets).

    As much fun as I make of Lambeau, the Metrodome has been the worst stadium in the NFL for 30 years. Worst stadium in the NFL and no Super Bowl victories, and you accuse Viking fans of not being loyal.

  24. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 27, 2013 11:27 AM

    Ah, yes. The best franchise in the NFL will soon allow 7,000 more of the best fans in the NFL to watch their green and gold add to their unbelievable history.

    There’s so much jealousy here, again.

    I’d like to say sorry that we ae better than you, but really, I’m not sorry. If you all weren’t lazy losers, you’d try to emulate us instead of fishing 24/7 and then just pretending to be as informed about football.

  25. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 27, 2013 11:29 AM

    Yes, Rick, we do.

    I mean, there are only 7 of you.

  26. vikingsnorth says: Jun 27, 2013 11:40 AM

    Wishsconsin child obesity expansion… ongoing.

  27. ktm300xcwe says: Jun 27, 2013 11:41 AM

    Not into a dogfight between Packer…Bears and Vikings fans but there are 31 other teams that wish they had the sweetheart deal that the NFL gives only to the Packers. If the other teams could raise a couple hundred million dollars just from selling toilet paper with “stockholder” embossed on it, they wouldn’t need to have state money either. Packers have a good team and a great franchise but it would be nice if they played on a level field with the other 31 teams…….obviously, if they did, they wouldn’t be playing in GB and would probably be called the Los Angeles Packers.
    __________________________________This is it in a nutshell. The Packers have a distinct advantage over other clubs due to this.

  28. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 27, 2013 11:52 AM

    vikingsnorth says:
    Jun 27, 2013 11:40 AM
    Wishsconsin child obesity expansion… ongoing.

    —-

    Wisconsin and Minnesota obesity percentages – the same.

    Oh no!

  29. larrydavid7000 says: Jun 27, 2013 12:12 PM

    still a crap hole. packer fans need to go to a palace like Redskins Stadium. Also its where The owner at the time Jack Kent Cooke paid for everything himself by the way. Now that’s what an owner and a proud Franchise looks and acts like.

  30. keramidas21 says: Jun 27, 2013 12:43 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Jun 27, 2013 9:22 AM
    Do the luxury suites at least have backs on the chairs?
    ———————————————–

    I don’t think a Vikings fan should be making fun of the Packers’ stadium…

  31. ruvelligwebuike says: Jun 27, 2013 12:58 PM

    Rick Spielman plays Magic the Gathering-
    “That was 2008. Everyone knew they had no chance of winning that playoff game, so I don’t think it’s awful that it didn’t sell out until late in the week (it’s a myth that a corporation bought the unsold tickets).”
    —————————-

    That in a nutshell describes why Minnesotans are the worst fans in the history of all sports. You even lost a hockey team in a state where the only thing people talk about is hockey. Well, and gas mileage. And weather. All in a boring, monotone voice.

  32. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 27, 2013 1:25 PM

    Let’s be honest: The Packers will win the division again this year. All three other teams can hope for a wild card berth, but that’s about it.

    Making fun of the Packers because they lost in the second round of the playoffs? Man, it must be really bad when you lose to the Packers in the first round.

    Who was that again? Some nobody team, if I remember correctly.

  33. doner80 says: Jun 27, 2013 2:01 PM

    Here’s hoping the packers go to the playoffs along with my Giants which means we win the Super Bowl

  34. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 27, 2013 2:15 PM

    It’s Green Bay Wisconsin. Apparently the two movie theatres in the city have waiting lists even longer.

  35. firestarter0728 says: Jun 27, 2013 2:28 PM

    Lambeau and the Metrodome have one thing in common: Packer fans greatly outnumber Viking fans in both places.

    There are some differences, too. For example, the trophy case at Lambeau is overflowing while the one in Minnesota is currently home to a family of squatters.

  36. Stiller43 says: Jun 27, 2013 2:52 PM

    Superjroch,

    Whats stopping other teams from doing it? THE NFL. The packers are literally the only NFL team allowed to print ink on a piece of paper and sell it for 250 dollars and call it “stock.”

    There may be teams who’s fanbases wouldnt purchase the stock (miami, tampa, jax, arizona), but there are PLENTY of fanbases that would (pitt, chicago, washington sadly…, dallas). But the NFL does not allow them, so if they want public money, it has to come through tax dollars or other sponsorships.

  37. deltaoracle says: Jun 27, 2013 3:50 PM

    So is it also “unfair” that some NFL owners have more billions than other NFL owners? Does the money that GB makes through stock sales allow them to exceed the salary cap? This isn’t Major League Baseball. That’s one of the reasons pro football is so successful.
    Dallas is Corporate America’s Team. Green Bay is the team for the other 99%.

  38. atthemurph says: Jun 27, 2013 4:12 PM

    That “special treatment” that the Packers have over other franchises allows the team to sell stock to it’s fans only to make improvements to the stadium.

    The league made this concession because the team does not have some a-hole owner who inherited Dad’s money to build new luxury suites. Public money was used to redo Lambeau and the Packers have set aside a permanent number seats that are available on a lottery basis for county residents.

    The league also does not give the Packers sweetheart loan deals like other franchises get to do their improvements, such as what Chicago got when re-doing Soldier field.

    The Packers have been publicly owned for the vast majority of their existence. Was the league supposed to force them to change their ownership structure through a LBO?

    Having a franchise in Green Bay, Wisconsin is great for the league, and great for Green Bay. All the BS from whiny-ass wannabes is flattering because I know none of you have been to Green Bay and haven’t been to Lambeau and you claim being football fans.

    Lambeau Field is the nexus of the professional football world. It should be on every fans bucket list at least once.

  39. seaeagle707 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:02 PM

    Are you trying to imply that there isn’t anything else to do on a Sunday, in eastern Wisconsin?

    You’re probably right.

  40. omgvikingsrule says: Jun 27, 2013 5:27 PM

    Hahaha YEAH sea eagle!!!

    In Minnesota there’s way more to do!

    Like relatives!

  41. axespray says: Jun 27, 2013 5:39 PM

    what happens to viking fans when AP’s juice wears off and the team has no way of scoring points or winning games?

    Do they disappear or troll the Packer articles harder?

  42. GenXJay says: Jun 27, 2013 8:44 PM

    axespray: what would we do if we lost All Day?
    Probably the same thing you “reality stars” would do if you lost ShAaron.
    Hope for the best.

  43. omgvikingsrule says: Jun 28, 2013 12:26 PM

    Yeah, j! Tellem!

    Just don’t mention that running backs with 2000 yards have never had another season like that.

    Don’t give these guys anything they can use against us.

  44. stellarperformance says: Jun 28, 2013 4:25 PM

    ktm300xcwe says:
    Jun 27, 2013 11:41 AM
    Not into a dogfight between Packer…Bears and Vikings fans but there are 31 other teams that wish they had the sweetheart deal that the NFL gives only to the Packers. If the other teams could raise a couple hundred million dollars just from selling toilet paper with “stockholder” embossed on it, they wouldn’t need to have state money either. Packers have a good team and a great franchise but it would be nice if they played on a level field with the other 31 teams…….obviously, if they did, they wouldn’t be playing in GB and would probably be called the Los Angeles Packers.
    __________________________________This is it in a nutshell. The Packers have a distinct advantage over other clubs due to this.

    //////////////////////////////////////

    You can always have car washes and donate the proceeds to the team of your choice. In the meantime, we’ll help our team with the “worthless” stock and be happy to do so. (We know what we’re doing.)

  45. emoney826 says: Jun 29, 2013 10:08 AM

    Love how people say there isn’t anything to do in Green Bay. What the hell is there to do in Minnesota? Go to an overpriced oversized mall? Go watch terrible sports teams? Ice fish? Please, remind what is so different? As much as I dislike Viking fans, your state is exactly the same as ours, just farther north and colder. Your obesity rates are on par with ours.

  46. pack13queens0 says: Jun 30, 2013 8:25 PM

    About the only thing Minneapolis has that Green Bay doesn’t are rainbow bars.

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