Green Bay's Economy Will Be Greatly Affected With No NFL
Green Bay's economy already is "reeling from the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic," and the "loss of the Packers' contribution, in whole or in part, will be dearly felt," according to Richard Ryman of the GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE. The Packers already announced that training camp this year "will not include fans, and the NFL agreed to eliminate preseason games, cutting out some 200,000 visitors to Green Bay in July and August." Lambeau Field "was closed from mid-March to June, and the 2020 season will be played in front of many fewer fans, if there are fans -- or games." Anytime the better part of $160M is taken out of an economy the size of Green Bay's, it is "going to be felt by nearly everyone, but especially by the hospitality, entertainment and tourism sectors." Businesses are "limping by, but the decision to keep 90,000 visitors away during training camp, and to have a fraction -- or none -- of 80,000 in town for every home game, will take a further toll." Bill Tressler, who owns Hinterland Brewery in the Packers' Titletown District adjacent from Lambeau Field, said, "It's hard to say what this scenario brings if it went on for another year. Some guys are down 80-90%. I don't know how sustainable this is long term for any business" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 7/27).