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  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     

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NFL funding contributing to expansion

Posted Oct 22, 2012

The NFL has approved the Packers’ request for $58 million in G-4 stadium-funding money, which will greatly reduce the amount of money the Packers will have to borrow for the ongoing renovation of Lambeau Field.

“We’re very pleased that the owners voted to provide funding for our project. When we decided not to pursue any public money for the project, we were hopeful we would be able to receive funding through the new Collective Bargaining Agreement,” Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy told packers.com.

G-4 is a league program for funding the construction of new stadiums and the renovation of existing stadiums. G-4 is a product of the league’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement and is funded by the teams and players.

“Stadium financing was a priority in the bargaining process. Our bargaining committee wanted to make sure teams and players continued to invest in stadiums and make fan experience positive. Everybody benefits when we build new stadiums and renovate stadiums,” Murphy said.

The G-4 program is especially important as tax money becomes more difficult for teams to access for stadium construction. The Packers are the second team to benefit from G-4; the San Francisco 49ers are the first team to have received G-4 money, for construction of a new stadium in Santa Clara.

“It’s getting harder and harder to get public money, so I think the league and the players have to be creative to ensure that stadiums don’t become outdated,” Murphy said.

In addition to San Francisco and Lambeau Field, G-4 money is also expected to be used for the construction of other stadium projects, including the new stadium in Minneapolis.

“We compete not only against each other but against all other sports and entertainment. As a league, we’re also competing against ourselves in the sense that the experience at home watching on TV is so good that we have to make sure the experience in the stadium continues to be special,” Murphy said.

A new sound system, video boards and entrance are already in use in Lambeau Field for the 2012 season. The north loft, a viewing platform for 500 atop the north end zone, was completed this year and immediately became popular with fans. The south end zone expansion, which will provide approximately 7,000 additional seats, the economic equivalent of one more home game a year for local businesses, will be complete for the start of the 2013 season.

“It’s really good for the Packers organization. The changes have already improved the fan experience,” Murphy said.

“I’ve thought to myself, what would the Packers be like if they hadn’t done the renovation in 2003? We’d definitely be in the bottom quartile of the league in terms of revenue. Now we’re among the best teams in the league in terms of facilities.”

Would Lambeau Field continue to be a viable home for the NFL had it not been renovated in 2003?

“I’d have real concerns if that hadn’t been done,” Murphy said. “It’s a competitive league. The bar has been raised with new stadiums. We want to make improvements, but we don’t want to take away what makes Lambeau special. The new renovation is similar in that I think it looks like it really belongs. The bowl hasn’t been changed and that’s part of what makes Lambeau special.

“It really enhances our future, especially from a financial standpoint,” Murphy said. “I hope 10 years from now people say the Packers did a good job, just like we’re saying now the Packers did a good job with the renovation in 2003. Lambeau Field is such a special place, I think we all feel an obligation to leave it better than we found it.”

The 2003 renovation was funded in part by a G-3 stadium construction program in place then. G-4 will contribute $58 million of the first $143 million used in the current renovation and expansion.

Four sources of revenue provide funding for the project: stock sale, G-4, Stadium District user fees and borrowing by the Packers.

 

 
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