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  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

    http://www.packers.com/5k

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT Live McCarthy press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.
  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Sun., Jul. 27, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT Live McCarthy press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.
  • Mon., Jul. 28, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT Live McCarthy press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.

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Mike Spofford

Mike Spofford has worked as a sportswriter in Wisconsin since 1995 and has been a packers.com staff writer since 2006. He has covered the Packers' last two Super Bowl appearances, XXXII and XLV.

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Stock sale 'off and running'

Posted Dec 6, 2011

*** For more information, go to www.packersowner.com ***

“We’re off and running.”

Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy couldn’t have gotten those words out fast enough as he kicked off the team’s latest stock sale.

By the time Murphy took the podium in the Lambeau Field auditorium moments after the official 8 a.m. start time on Tuesday, the first sale had been recorded from Texas, and in the first 11 minutes of the sale, Murphy announced that 1,600 orders had already been taken.

Off and running, indeed.

“This is an exciting day for the Packers,” Murphy said. “It’s an historic moment, we believe, for the organization.”

The stock sale is the fifth in team history, and all proceeds will go toward the $143 million expansion of Lambeau Field that is being funded without any taxpayer dollars. The centerpiece of the expansion includes an additional 6,700 seats in the south end zone, scheduled for completion in 2013.

Online sales are available for the first time (at www.packersowner.com), and requests for an offering document for ordering my mail only can be made by calling a toll-free number (1-855-8-GO-PACK).

The website is experiencing very high traffic volumes and fans are encouraged to utilize the website knowing that it is currently running slow.

At $250 per share, Murphy said the team has budgeted conservatively in the hopes of at least matching the roughly $20 million raised from the last stock sale, in 1997. The ease of online sales and the current state of the team – coming off a Super Bowl victory and remaining undefeated thus far in 2011 – could help surpass the mark.

Judging by the early returns, it may almost be a given.

“I think our fans across the country are very excited to support that success, be a part of that, and this is a great way for our fans to support the team and to ensure we continue to have great success and have strong, competitive teams into the future,” Murphy said.

Murphy and Vice President of Finance Paul Baniel unveiled the new stock certificate on Tuesday morning. It includes all of the logos the team has used in its 93-year history, five of them prior to the current G.

Also, for the first time, the certificate includes an image of Lambeau Field, symbolic of the specific entity fans are supporting with their purchases.

“We view it as building on the success of the renovation we had in 2003,” Murphy said. “We’re funding this all on our own, and the proceeds from the stock sale will reduce the amount that we would have to borrow.”

The team has received regulatory approval to sell the stock in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands. The stock provides no financial benefit to the holder.

It does carry with it the right to attend the franchise’s annual shareholders’ meeting and related voting rights.

“I think the reason our fans are so supportive and so loyal to the team is our ownership structure,” Murphy said. “They literally have a vested interest in supporting the team, so the connection and the bond our fans have with the team is stronger than fans of any other team have.

“I believe this stock offering and this sale will strengthen that. We’ll have more shareholders, people will have a much stronger tie to the team, and we’ll see benefits of that into the future.”

Previous stock sales took place in 1923, ’35, ’50 and ’97. Prior to Tuesday morning, the organization had approximately 112,000 shareholders holding around 4,750,000 shares of stock.

A stock purchase requires a $25 handling fee per order (not per share), and shares purchased by Dec. 12 are guaranteed to arrive in time for the holidays. Online purchases with a credit card can be made up until Dec. 16 with holiday arrival still guaranteed.

“This is for the long run,” Murphy said. “Our fans realize this is to ensure that we continue to have success and remain competitive within the league.”

Stock in the Packers does not constitute an investment in “stock” in the common sense of the term.

Anyone considering the purchase of Packers stock should not purchase the stock to make a profit or to receive a dividend or tax deduction or any other economic benefits.

 
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