Strong Fan Base Allows Expansion

Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy talked stadiums — Green Bay and elsewhere — with Packer Report's Bill Huber in this Fox Sports story and photo sidebar.

The Green Bay Packers, based in a city of barely 100,000, could wind up playing in a stadium with the third-largest capacity in the league.

To quote Mortimer Snerd, the ventriloquist dummy of Edgar Bergen, "Who would have thunk it?"

"To me, it says something about our fans," Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said while traveling from Marquette, Mich., to Ashland, Wis., for the team's annual Tailgate Tour. "We are by far the smallest market in the league but we have such tremendous fan support that we are looking at expanding. Most teams actually are looking at the opposite."

Lambeau Field's capacity is 73,128. The team is in the "final stages" of a plan that could add as many as 7,500 seats to the south end zone. Potentially, a sellout crowd would be 80,628. That would make Lambeau Field the fifth-largest city in the state and the third-largest stadium in the NFL.

For more, read Bill's story at Fox Sports Wisconsin


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Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report magazine and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report's subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/packerreport.


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