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  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet

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Packers present financial report

Posted Jul 10, 2012


The Packers rode the wave of a Super Bowl title and subsequent 15-1 season to post record profits in their most recent fiscal year, and those profits are helping to pay for the ongoing Lambeau Field expansion project.

The team’s operating profit more than tripled, from $12 million last year to a record $43 million this year, according to the organization’s annual financial report. The Packers topped $300 million in total revenue for the first time, and the record profit was the result of revenue jumping $19 million while expenses fell $12 million compared to the previous year.

“We’re investing it in the stadium and improving the gameday experience for our fans,” said President/CEO Mark Murphy, referring to the $143-million expansion that is adding two HD video boards and a new north-side gate and viewing platform for the 2012 season, plus 6,700 new seats in the south end zone for 2013. “It also allows us to ensure that the franchise is preserved for the future.”

The team’s net income rose from $17.1 million last year to $42.7 million this year. Team officials who discussed the financial report with packers.com said the operating profit and net income are similar this year because the team’s tax liability and investment income coincidentally offset.

The $19 million increase in revenue was a combination of $8 million in additional national revenue and $11 million in local revenue. Most of the national boost came from increased television dollars.

Part of the local revenue increase came from raising ticket prices, but a greater portion resulted from record Pro Shop sales and record visitation in the form of Hall of Fame and stadium tours.

“We’ve had strong momentum,” said Mark J. McMullen, treasurer and member of the team’s executive committee, referring to the team following up its Super Bowl title with a 15-1 season. “With the Pro Shop, there’s still a spillover effect from the Super Bowl, which we expect to tail off, but the sales have been strong and the margin has been improved in terms of expense management.”

Expenses for the organization as a whole also dropped during the four-month work stoppage last year while the new collective bargaining agreement was being negotiated. The players had no offseason workouts or minicamps. Revenue wasn’t noticeably affected by the work stoppage because no games were missed.

“We resolved the labor situation just in the nick of time,” said Paul Baniel, vice president of finance. “If we would have lost games, that would have had a huge impact on revenue.”

Baniel added that the stability provided by the new 10-year CBA aided sponsorship deals and other marketing-related revenue, because long-term contracts that weren’t feasible during the labor uncertainty became more attractive to the team’s business partners.

In addition, the team did not incur the expense of four road postseason games, as it had the year before, but instead had one home playoff contest. That improved the bottom line, but it was a bittersweet gain, to be sure.

“It was a different playoff season,” Baniel said. “We get concession revenue, marketing revenue and other things for home games that we don’t get for road games.

“But we are about championships first. We would all trade last season for the year before as far as the playoffs go.”

Team officials also noted the organization tripled its annual contribution to the Packers Foundation, from $1 million to $3 million, and the franchise’s overall charitable impact grew from roughly $4 million to $6 million over the past year.

Murphy indicated the team’s profits will help pay down the debt on the current stadium expansion faster. The same was said when the franchise netted $64 million through the stock sale that concluded last winter.

The Packers also continue to invest in land around the stadium with an eye toward future development. A groundbreaking is expected this month on a Cabela’s retail store for outdoor enthusiasts, the first piece of the Titletown development district, which is expected to open next summer.

“Next year we will finish this first phase, which is the expansion and renovation of Lambeau, focused on the gameday experience,” Murphy said. “We’re also planning and looking toward future development focused on the non-gameday experience.”

For additional info on the financial report, click on the packers.com blog and a video Q&A with Mark Murphy.

 
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