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Stadium district board unanimously approves funding for Packers' third locker room

$3 million to be reimbursed to the franchise to bring more events to Lambeau Field.
Lambeau Field Construction
Posted at 12:26 PM, Jun 24, 2024

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — A unanimous decision was made Monday to help fund the Packers' third locker room.

The Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District board says it's all for bringing more events to Lambeau Field.

A third locker room for anticipated college football games, soccer matches and concerts at Lambeau Field is already underway, but the Packers requested funds to help with the $5 million price tag.

Financial help will come through a reimbursement of nearly $3 million.

The topic was tabled in April after questions from board members.

"How common is it to add a third locker room and we'd really like to see additional events in the bowl," Board chair, Leah Weyker, said.

The franchise sought $3 million from the District's capital improvement fund.

No matter what vote came to, the team says construction would still continue. Requests for other stadium projects will proceed as usual.

Money from the capital improvement fund is only used for stadium projects.

In a letter to the district board, Packers Director of Public Affairs, Aaron Popkey, said the following:

"Not only does this project provide a needed space for a game already scheduled, it also provides the Packers a significant asset when pitching Lambeau Field as a top notch facility to colleges, soccer clubs and concert tours for their respective events."

Lambeau Field is already scheduled to host a college football game in 2026.

In the past, the players gymnasium would be converted into a locker room for one of the teams while the other used the visitor's locker room.

Popkey says the gymnasium can no longer be offered since the gymnasium is being used as a temporary office space until January 2025 once the office renovation project is complete.

After that project is complete, Popkey says the rest of the gymnasium will be "converted to additional team space" and "unable to host a team."

Popkey says the Packers' locker room is off-limits since it is used year-round.

In his letter to the Board, Popkey said the Packers received information from 11 stadium managers about having more than two locker rooms, in addition to the team's home locker room

"It's got some challenges with respect to the times of year but also I think just the competition that's out there, we feel our facility is among the best, if not the best around," Popkey said.

Popkey says the locker room is expected to be complete by next offseason and says they're already working to get more events at Lambeau Field for next summer.