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'Super Bowl, please': New Packers owners flock to annual shareholders meeting for first time

Posted at 6:12 PM, Jul 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-25 19:49:09-04

It's one of the largest business meetings in the world.

"I was watching the TV, and it says 'last day to be part of it,'" Racine resident Natalie Martinez said. "And I feel like I can be important. I could be part of it."

Earlier this year, the Packers added nearly 177,000 new team owners. Martinez, a Puerto Rico native, is one of them. She celebrated by attending Monday's annual shareholders meeting.

"It feels like people appreciate you and it feels really good," she said.

President and CEO Mark Murphy says first-time shareholders played a part in helping Green Bay net over $55 million by the end of February.

"The cost really wasn't anything," Milwaukee resident Ean Huttner said. "Just to be a... shareholder, can say I'm an owner, there's nothing like it."

Attendees are playing a big part in the future of Lambeau Field, as Murphy says the money raised in the last stock sale will go towards stadium improvement projects. One will increase the size of the video boards.

"You think the Packers are just a football team, but really when you're in a city like Green Bay, they mean so much more for the community and you got to see that firsthand," Isaac Robles said.

Some of the fresh owners brought their concerns to the shareholders meeting.

"I said draft a wide receiver, so we finally did that," Huttner said. "So I felt pretty good about that."

But others still have unanswered questions.

"That's what we should change, easier tickets to get," Robles said. "I can go to Bucks games, but it's hard to get to Packers games."

Out of the thousands of shareholders at the meeting, everyone had one ask in common.

"I want you to win," Martinez said. "I want to be in the Super Bowl, please."

There are now 539,062 shareholders with over 5.2 million shares of stock.

Other notes from Monday's shareholders meeting: Murphy says Green Bay is 'likely' to host an NFL Draft in 2025 or 2027.

"If we have a lot of noon home games, we’re a s****y team," Murphy also said while talking about how the Packers have more nationally-televised games this season than any other team.