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Lambeau Field by the numbers

Jul. 21, 2010 7:39 PM
 
The renovation of Lambeau Field, completed in 2003, increased its capacity to 72,515 from 60,890.
The renovation of Lambeau Field, completed in 2003, increased its capacity to 72,515 from 60,890. / File/Press-Gazette
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The comparisons of the old and new Lambeau Field are before and after the renovation completed in 2003.

Bowl seats

♦ Old: 56,112.

♦ New: 62,713 (including disabled seats).

Luxury boxes

♦ Old: 198.

♦ New: 166.

Luxury-box seats

♦ Old: 2,802.

♦ New: 3,656.

Indoor club seats

♦ Old: 1,920.

♦ New: 2,858.

Outdoor club seats

♦ Old: None.

♦ New: 3,188.

Total capacity

♦ Old: 60,890.

♦ New: 72,515.

Lambeau Field growing for fans since 1957

♦ City Stadium, as Lambeau Field was originally named, was dedicated Sept. 29, 1957, with a capacity of 32,150. Since then, the stadium has stretched and made room for increased capacities eight times 1961, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 2003.

Not-so-frozen tundra

♦ In 2007, the Packers installed GrassMaster high-tech turf at Lambeau Field. Made by Belgium-based Desso DLW Sports Systems, the turf uses strands of polyethylene and polypropylene 8 inches below the surface with 1 inch exposed on the top. GrassMaster also is used by the Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers.

♦ Preparing the field for installation required digging up 3 feet of the existing field. GrassMaster fibers were stitched in place using footlong needles.

Still waiting for season tickets

♦ 78,000, give or take. This number changes on a daily, if not hourly, basis. Winning and losing apparently doesn't matter. This number was 64,000 in 2004. The Packers were 4-12 in 2005 and 8-8 in 2006.

Tons of steel erected

♦ About 10,600.

Miles of electrical wiring

♦ More than 1,000.

Stadium square footage

♦ Old: 810,430.

♦ New: 1,695,500.

Bathroom fixtures (urinals and toilets) in the seating bowl

♦ Old: 616.

♦ New: 971.

Total project cost

♦ $295.2 million.

Paying the bill

♦ The biggest chunk is coming from a 0.5-percent sales tax in Brown County, approved in a Sept. 12, 2000, referendum by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin. That tax will generate $160 million.

Other components:

♦ $92.5 million from a $2,000-per-seat user fee: $1,400 from Green Bay ticket holders; $600 from Milwaukee ticket holders.

♦ $20.4 million from the Packers' 1997-98 stock sale.

♦ $13 million loan from the NFL.

♦ $9.1 million from the state of Wisconsin for stadium infrastructure improvements.

Average monthly collection of the Lambeau sales tax

♦ $1.6 million through June 30, 2008.

Total amount of Lambeau sales tax distributed to the stadium district since the tax started

♦ $148.3 million through June 30, 2008.

The score and more

♦ A ProStar video at the center of each end zone's scoreboard is a video display 27 feet high by 48 feet wide. The scoreboards themselves stretch 41 feet high and 162 feet wide.

♦ Hope you're not colorblind, because the video displays use state-of-the-art technology to reproduce more than 4 trillion shades of color.

Out front

♦ The cost of the bronze Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi statues: $205,000.

Bricks and tile

♦ Mississippi, Brett Favre's home state, was the last state to have a resident purchase a brick or tile.

Updated July 2010

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