There are many renovation projects taking place at Lambeau Field this offseason
GREEN BAY – Offseason for the Green Bay Packers means it's in-season for Lambeau Field construction.
The Packers have several projects underway this summer, including building an underground parking garage for players, expanding a practice facility and relocating coaches' offices from the third floor of the atrium to the lowest level to be closer to players.
Other projects include shoring up supports for the eventual addition of larger video scoreboards in the bowl and the ongoing renovation of concourse concession stands.
Mike Moynihan, Packers director of facility operations, said the parking and practice facility project is scheduled for completion in May 2023. Work is about 25% along, said Kevin Koepke, project manager for Miron Construction.
The underground parking garage will have 190 spaces and include charging stations for electric vehicles. It is located under the area where players previously parked. There will be some ground-level parking for players and coaches as well, Moynihan said.
The Packers set the stage for the parking and offices project last year when they relocated a 400,000-gallon underground wastewater surge tank from adjacent to Lambeau Field to near Oneida Street.
The Packers notified season ticket holders who normally park and tailgate in Lot 1 on the east side of Lambeau Field that the area will not be available this season. They will be relocated to Lot 9 on the stadium's southwest side.
"We had some cushion (in other lots). We’ll accommodate everyone who has season passes," said Aaron Popkey, Packers director of public affairs.
Fans will be encouraged to enter through the gates listed on their tickets to avoid long lines at any one gate.
Lot 1 has been ground zero for fan tailgating for several years. Tailgating is allowed in all Lambeau Field parking lots.
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The Packers are expanding their conditioning, rehab and instruction center, which the team calls the CRIC, located below ground level on the east side of Lambeau Field, partly under the Oneida Nation gate. In addition to weight rooms and meeting rooms, the CRIC includes a small turf field that allows squads to do walk-throughs and other training. It was 35 yards long and the width of a football field, which allowed only one squad, offense or defense, to use it at a time. After the expansion, it will be large enough for both squads.
Moving coaches' offices and football meeting rooms to the same level as player facilities will be more efficient. In the NFL, where every second seems to count, coaches spend too much time moving from floor to floor for meetings and to interact with players, the team says.
The Packers will install new, larger video scoreboards in 2023. The current Mitsubishi Diamond Vision high-definition scoreboards were installed in 2012. Ten years is the expected lifespan of the boards, in addition to technological advances the Packers want to take advantage of.
Concession stand renovation began several years ago. Primarily, the Packers are converting full-service concession stands to self-service stands, which they say allows fans to spend less time in the concourses and more time at their seats.
Earlier this year, the Packers raised $65.8 million through the sale of about 198,000 shares in the team's sixth stock sale.
The team said the proceeds would be used for construction projects at Lambeau Field, including the new video boards and concourse upgrades. The NFL requires money raised by a stock sale to be used only for stadium projects that are beneficial to fans.
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