The Green Bay Packers annual shareholders meeting is held at Lambeau Field, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
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A sea of green and gold surrounded Lambeau Field as shareholders gathered outside the storied stadium Wednesday morning to attend the annual shareholders meeting.
Shareholders from all over the country made the trip to Green Bay to attend the shareholders meeting, where Packers officials give reports on different areas of the team’s operations.
Attendees said they were looking forward to kicking off the season and hearing Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy speak.
“It’s always interesting to hear what Mark Murphy and Ted Thompson have to say,” said Tyler Jozwiak, a 29-year-old Green Bay resident who was tailgating outside Lambeau before the 11 a.m. program with his brother and friends. “It’s the perfect way to kickoff the season.”
Lambeau Field had several stadium attractions offered to visitors after the shareholders meeting, including tours of the stadium, Hall of Fame and the opportunity to walk around the new South End.
Visitors from out of town said they plan to take advantage of Packers-related events all week.
Harlon and Kathy Sharp said they have come to every shareholders meeting since they bought stock in the 1990s.
“We always travel here from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Tuesday and stay until Sunday,” Kathy Sharp said. “We like to go to the practices, it’s always a good time.”
Many fans left the meeting with positive reactions.
This year, Dan Stark of Shawano attended his first shareholders meeting with his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and 1-month-old grandson.
“I liked hearing that we’re retaining our good players and the majority of the coaching staff is intact,” Stark said. “The place was just humming with activity and excitement about winning the next Super Bowl. We really had a good time.”
Many who attended toured the new South End of the stadium, a project that added 7,000 new seats to Lambeau Field, pushing the stadium to be the third lagest in the league.
“It’s nice to know that Green Bay commands the respect and the media attention as one of the number one franchises of the NFL,” said Jim Zipple, a Green Bay native who now lives in Appleton. He attended the meeting with his wife, Kathy Palmer.
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