Lambeau expansion nearly complete

AP

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.

46 responses to “Lambeau expansion nearly complete

  1. 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”.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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…

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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%.

  26. 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.

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

    You’re probably right.

  28. 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?

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.)

  32. 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.

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