Packers planning expansion at Lambeau Field

Plans are in place for the Green Bay Packers to begin expansion of Lambeau Field following Super Bowl XLVI that would push the stadium’s capacity above 80,000.

In the plans, according to Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the club will expand the south end zone area that was left open when the Packers did a $295 million renovation project on the stadium in 2003, a makeover that included the addition of luxury suites.

“We would love to get it started next February. I would expect it would take a couple of seasons to do it," said Jason Wied, the team’s general counsel. "We obviously want to play through construction. That makes it a little harder to accelerate it.

"We haven't buttoned down all of the financing. But we intend to do it on our own.”

The timing is right for the Packers. They’re Super Bowl champions and passing on costs to a season-ticket base that is rabid in its support of the franchise makes sense.

“This is about the long-term viability of the stadium," Wied said.

There are a variety of proposals being considered, but the Packers are moving on this and it makes sense. The club is also installing a new sound system and plans are in the works for new video boards. The Packers have also been buying land around the stadium and the idea is to ultimately create an entertainment district. There has been talk of building a baseball stadium too, according to Walker.

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