Packers Join Nine Other NFL Entities In 'Gridiron Stadium Network' Venture


Representatives of ten nationally known professional football stadiums Thursday announced the formation of the Gridiron Stadium Network.

The Gridiron Stadium Network (GSN) will promote and raise public and industry awareness of the multiple uses of these state-of-the-art facilities.

GSN venues are located across the country, from Washington D.C. to Denver, Houston to Green Bay, Wisconsin. The primary goal of the Network is to optimize opportunities to expand the use of the venues for new sports, entertainment, public and private events.

The Gridiron Stadium Network currently includes the following facilities:

(Team, Stadium, City):

Buffalo Bills -- Ralph Wilson Stadium -- Buffalo, NY

Cincinnati Bengals -- Paul Brown Stadium -- Cincinnati, OH

Denver Broncos -- Invesco Field at Mile High -- Denver, CO

Detroit Lions -- Ford Field -- Detroit, MI

Green Bay Packers -- Lambeau Field -- Green Bay, WI

Houston Texans -- Reliant Stadium -- Houston, TX

Kansas City Chiefs -- Arrowhead Stadium -- Kansas City, MO

Philadelphia Eagles -- Lincoln Financial Field -- Philadelphia, PA

Pittsburgh Steelers -- Heinz Field -- Pittsburgh, PA

Washington Redskins -- FedEx Field -- Washington, D.C.

The GSN will be an advocacy organization, lobbying industry, business and community leaders to insure awareness of the vast opportunities available to them at the facilities of GSN members. The GSN will not negotiate or promote directly an event. However, the Network will aid its members and potential users by facilitating introductions, negotiations and dissemination of information. Events sought by GSN members include events using the field surface, such as concerts, music and special interest festivals, soccer, non-professional football, motor sports, rodeos, spectaculars, and trade shows, as well as events using the wide array of alternative spaces available at member facilities. The GSN will assist its members with attracting and developing events on either a single or multiple facility basis. From large-capacity events to smaller, more intimate shows and conferences, GSN members are dedicated to providing the best experiences for audience, artists, third party, corporate and community partners.

"With Lambeau Field's growth as a year-round tourism and entertainment destination, it is a natural next step for the Green Bay Packers to join the founding partners of Gridiron Stadium Network," said John Jones, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "We look forward to working with our NFL partners in Gridiron Stadium Network to explore event ideas and create new family entertainment for Lambeau Field."

Steve Klegon, Director of Lambeau Field Atrium business development, will serve as the Packers' representative to Gridiron Stadium Network, Jones said.

"We are very pleased that these illustrious venues have decided to come together and leverage their outstanding facilities and resources. The public, industry and business leaders are aware through national media coverage of football games that venues like FedEx Field attracts and entertains more than 90,000 fans," stated Tom Rooney, spokesperson for the GSN. "The Gridiron Stadium Network is here to insure that everyone is aware that these facilities offer great flexibility. The venues are able to accommodate just about any capacity or configuration. Our facilities offer outstanding alternative spaces with the availability of clubs, festival expanses and other unique areas. The group will be able to address single and multiple city needs of a third party as each market and each opportunity provides unique situations. Whether it is a rental, co-promotion, or direct purchase of an event, the GSN members will have the resources and information as to the options available to them and the third party involved."

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