NFL Superbowl champions the Green Bay Packers has announced $130m expansion plans for their stadium.

Green Bay wants to increase capacity at Lambeau Field, by adding an extra 6,600 new seats in the south end zone. The club also plans to build a new gate and rooftop viewing platform in the north end of the 80,000-seater venue.

"We’re excited to begin work on the expansion of Lambeau Field,” said Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy. The project, with a projected cost of approximately $130 million, will get underway on 1 September with an official groundbreaking, and be ready for the 2013 season.

In the south end zone, the new seats, all with seatbacks, will be added in four levels. General seating will be featured, in addition to themed areas with some indoor concession environments. A new south gate will include four elevators and escalators to efficiently move fans in and out of the stadium.

"This project will benefit the Packers and our fans through two new gates for better stadium entry and exit, additional seats and updated amenities, as well as more gameday crowd noise focused on our opponents,” added Murphy. “It also will benefit our community, initially through construction jobs, but also in the long term through the increased economic impact of additional fans coming to Packers games each year.”

Miron Construction has been selected as the general contractor for the expansion project. It continues a longstanding working relationship between the two as the company served as the major subcontractor on the Lambeau Field redevelopment project.

The Packers are still going ahead with $12m plans to install new Mitsubishi Diamond Vision video boards, which will be ready for the 2012 season. The total investment will represent more than $143 million which club states will not be funded without public tax money.

Posted on 26/08/2011