GREEN BAY - The plans to renovate Lambeau Field have changed slightly, and the price tag has also gone up.
The Packers current expansion of Lambeau's atrium and pro shop will now be larger.
The additional price tag is more than $25 million. The Packers are picking up the extra cost. The team is financing all of the recent renovations, partly through the latest stock sale, along with loans from the NFL.
The Packers are currently in phase two of their renovation plans. The phase includes finished work like improved player facilities and an upgraded Oneida Nation gate. It also includes work that is going on right now: expanding the atrium, pro shop and building a new game day entrance.
Phase two's original cost was $144.5 million. The price is now $166 million.
“As we got further into the details, some items came up that once explored a little further, we determined hey a little more investment here is going to pay off much better in the long run, be it with the pro shop and additional space and storage and just operationally,” said Aaron Popkey, a spokesperson for the Packers.
So what is new? The pro shop expansion will now be larger. A viewing platform is being added to the south end zone, similar to one in the north end zone. The hall of fame, which is temporarily closed, will now span two levels.
“What we did was we looked at the first floor and determined we could do the restaurant and then use the south half of the first floor, the main floor of the atrium, to do the hall of fame and use a little bit of the second level,” said Popkey.
A new air conditioner chiller, new boiler, and other small construction tweaks also drove up the cost. Even with the additions, the renovation project is still scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2015.
Phase one of the renovations was the expanded south end zone, new scoreboards and sound system.
With both phases together, the grand total of the Lambeau renovations now exceeds $300 million.