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  • 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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Wins, fans and timing help Packers set profit record

Posted Jul 16, 2013

Mark Murphy previews financial report in media conference


GREEN BAY—Another successful season on the field, the continued loyalty of the team’s fans, and the timing of two players contracts helped the Green Bay Packers set a franchise record for profits in fiscal 2012-13.

“The good year on the field and the support we got from our fans propelled us to set records,” Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said.

It also helped the cause that record-setting contracts for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews weren’t completed until the new fiscal year began. Translation: Player costs will be higher in the current fiscal year than they are in the financial report Murphy will deliver to shareholders on July 24.

“Player costs were down $19 million over the previous year. It’s a timing issue,” Murphy said.

The Packers’ financial report shows total revenue of $308.1 million, a franchise record, against $253.8 million in expenses, leaving a profit from operations of $54.3 million. Net income of $43.1 million is a franchise record, though it’s only a one percent increase over the previous year.

Rodgers’ and Matthews’ contracts will be hitting the Packers at a good time, in a year when the team will open the new south end zone expansion, which is expected to lift the team to new heights in total revenue.

“You’ll have additional revenue from the expansion,” Board of Directors Treasurer Mark McMullen said. He explained that careful management of the balance of revenues vs. expenditures keeps the Packers in the black and continues to give the franchise a solid financial future.

“The most solid it’s ever been,” McMullen added.

Murphy said the “long-term stability of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement has been a huge help. The new G-4 loan program allowed us to invest in the stadium, preserving and protecting the future of the franchise.

“Knowing you’re going to have eight more years of labor certainty has really been beneficial to us. We’re investing a lot more into the community,” Murphy added.

The NFL contributed $61 million toward the Lambeau Field south end zone expansion, per the G-4 loan program. When the renovation of the Atrium is complete, the NFL will have contributed $116 million toward the entire Lambeau Field expansion and renovation project.

Murphy explained to the media on Tuesday that the 7,000 additional seats in the south end zone will provide the local economic impact equivalent of one extra home game per year.

“We’re investing in the team, we’re investing in the facility … trying to set the organization up to be successful in the future,” Murphy said at Tuesday’s press conference.

Lambeau Field’s new seating capcity is 80,750, third-largest in the NFL behind FedEx Field and MetLife Stadium.

“We’ll be using profits to pay off the debt on the stadium improvements,” said Paul Baniel, the team’s vice president of finance and administration.

“We were pleased to be able to accomplish it without any public tax money,” Murphy said of funding for the Lambeau Field development project.

One of the charms of the Packers’ unique public ownership structure is that every dollar the Packers generate stays within the organization, as compared to a team with private ownership that might direct monies toward other endeavors.

Next on the Lambeau development agenda is renovation of the Atrium, which is expected to be complete in June of 2015.

The Packers are contributing $5 million this year to the team’s foundation, and each team in the NFL is contributing $2 million to advancing player health and safety measures.

“We’re stewards of the organization, leaving it better than how we found it, and we are,” Murphy said.


 
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