Packers make expansion plans for Lambeau Field official

The Green Bay Packers have made official their plans for expansion at Lambeau Field, a project that will add 6,600 new seats in the south end zone and a rooftop viewing platform in the north end zone in time for the start of the 2013 season.

Groundbreaking on the new project will take place Sept. 1, according to Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, ahead of the original timetable for the project, which was supposed to begin after this season.

The expansion will come at a price tag of $130 million and will not include any public tax dollars. The Packers will consider a stock sale to help fund the building. A new gate to the stadium will be added and two new video boards will be installed for the start of the 2012 season.

Seats in the south end zone will have backs and they will be on four levels. The Journal Sentinel offers a nice artist’s rendering of the expansion project. The Packers have no problems whatsoever selling tickets and the new seats will go instantly.

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