Packers open Johnsonville Tailgate Village

(WLUK/Gabrielle Mays)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The latest amenity at Lambeau Field is now open.

"We're really looking forward to what we're calling the JTV, Johnsonville Tailgate Village, providing a hub in which on game days you can envision up to 2,000 people in the village and then spilling out in the promenade here," said Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy.

"We're super excited and just over the moon about the building," Shelly Stayer, Johnsonville Sausage co-owner.

You'll find a bar, a kitchen full of meat from Johnsonville, and tables to sit or stand.

Micheal Nelson and his wife, of Ishpeming, Mich. noticed the village opened and stopped by to see what it had to offer.

"It's a beautiful place and we'll enjoy it, I'm sure, in the fall when the Packers start playing."

The Green Bay Packers held a ribbon-cutting Thursday for the Johnsonville Tailgate Village. The permanent brick building replaces the tents that had stood in the stadium's east parking lot in previous years.

The team says the Johnsonville Tailgate Village open four hours prior to each game and will enhance the amenities offered to tailgaters over the years, including game day music, autograph signings, food and beverages, training camp activities and other fan opportunities.

The Tailgate Village replaced the Tundra Tailgate Zone. The Packers said the permanent tailgate village will be an extension of Lambeau Field.

"The other thing I think we started to see and I think will really make it even more of something that we see and that's people coming to Lambeau Field without tickets but wanting to be part of the game day experience and I think with this facility now, we'll see more and more people doing that," Murphy said.

"For non-Packer game days, this can hold, it's a flexible space, this can hold 500 people and we've already sight unseen, booked a number of weddings and other special events," Murphy said.

The village will only be open on game days and special events.

Last week at the Packers financial report, Murphy told members of the media the tailgate village is a $23 million investment.

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