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Lambeau Field To Get New Video Boards, Upgraded Sound System

New Lambeau Field Video Boards Will Be Placed In North, South End Zones By Next Season
The Packers yesterday “unveiled a new multimillion-dollar plan to replace Lambeau Field's two video boards and install a vastly improved sound system in time for next season,” according to Don Walker of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. The new video boards “would be built in the north and south end zones, where the current boards are located.” They will be “bigger, brighter and HD-sharp.” Packers President & CEO Mark Murphy and VP/Administration & General Counsel Jason Wied said that the “estimated cost of the improvements will be between” $13-14M. The current scoreboards and sound system have been in place since the stadium was renovated in ‘03. The Packers plan to ask the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football  Stadium District board for a "yet-to-be-determined amount of money from the district's Capital Improvements Fund.” Stadium District Exec Dir Pat Webb said that the board "would consider approval of the plan when it meets to approve a 2011 budget Dec. 15" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 12/8). In Green Bay, Richard Ryman notes Murphy and Webb agreed that the team “will not ask to use all the capital improvement fund.” When that fund “is depleted, the district will no longer have money for capital improvements, and the team will have to pay the full cost of projects.” The Packers' lease with the Stadium District requires the team to “keep Lambeau within the top 25 percent of stadiums in terms of technology.” Murphy said that 75% of NFL teams “have better systems, and those that don't are hoping to build new stadiums.” Plans call for “upgrading audio in both the stadium bowl and the club seats, which Wied said would be good for events, such as concerts, as well as games” (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 12/8).
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