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At age 56, Lambeau Field continues to grow

Jul. 17, 2013
 
Lambeau Field will seat 80,750 fans this season, making it the third-largest stadium in the NFL. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
Lambeau Field will seat 80,750 fans this season, making it the third-largest stadium in the NFL. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

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Lost in the shuffle of the Packersí glowing financial report on Tuesday, in which the team reported making record profits, was the expanded capacity of Lambeau Field.

The venerable stadium will seat a whopping 80,750 fans this season, making it the third-largest stadium in the NFL. FedEx Field in Washington D.C. (85,000), home of the Redskins, has the largest seating capacity. MetLife Stadium (82,566) in New Jersey, home of the Giants and Jets, ranks No. 2.

Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, ranks No. 4 and officially holds 80,000, although with standing room and expanded seating possibilities, it allegedly could hold 105,121.

Lambeau opened in 1957 and holds the distinction of being the longest active homefield site of any NFL team. In pro sports, only Fenway Park (1912) and Wrigley Field (1914) have longer tenures.

What makes Lambeau unique is how its seating capacity has expanded over the past 56 years. Here is a list of Lambeauís seating growth:

1957: 32,500
1961: 38,669
1963: 42,327
1965: 50,852
1970: 56,263
1985: 56,926
1990: 59,543
1995: 60,890
2003: 73,128
2013: 80,750

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