SBJ/August 11 - 17, 2003/Facilities

Construction update: Lambeau Field

Project: Renovation of 45-year-old Lambeau Field, Green Bay

Home team: Green Bay Packers

First event: Preseason game Aug. 23

First regular-season game: Sept. 7

Architect: Ellerbe Becket

General contractor: Turner Construction

Project size: $295 million, 2½ years

Financing: Public/private partnership between Brown County, state of Wisconsin, the Packers and the NFL

Latest developments:

• Construction of 3,200 indoor club seats. (The same number of outdoor club seats were added in 2002.)

• Additional 6,600 bleacher seats added to general bowl. New sound system in the north end zone and new scoreboards and replay screens in both end zones.

• New rest rooms, concession areas, general concession office, remodeled visiting team locker rooms and game day "work area" for officials.

• Finishing touches to the 365,000-square-foot, five-story Lambeau Field Atrium. The structure serves as a destination point for several attractions with event rental space as the complex focuses on year-round hospitality business.

Fun fact: As part of the Packers' objective to book more off-season dates at the new Lambeau, locally based private facility management firm PMI will promote snow-cross, a snowmobile competition, inside the stadium in late February. Officials aim to use the event to create a winter festival in Green Bay with concerts and other snow- and ice-related events.

— Don Muret

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