GREEN BAY – Game day with friends. Of course you have to start off with some tailgating.
But once it's time to enter the stadium, generally you and your group would have to split up. Large blocks of outdoor seats were generally hard to come by.
The renovation and the south end zone and subsequent addition added about 7,000 more seats to Lambeau Field’s capacity. About 240 of which are solely dedicated to group seating.
“This new inventory in the new south end zone has allowed us to add group seats offerings to Lambeau Field," explained Jason McDonough, manager of premium seating and sales for the Green Bay Packers.
Situated in the southwest corner of Lambeau Field in the 400 level, the seats are sold in packages of 20 seats or more at $97 a ticket. The Packers say while the section is small, compared to the total capacity of Lambeau, the section gives people the opportunity to enjoy the game – outdoors – with larger groups than previously possible.
However, there is a pecking order for who gets a crack at these seats. First are major team sponsors and suite holders and then the rest of the seats are open to the public, if they're available.
"As you can imagine, our inventory's extremely limited at this point in time,” said McDonough. “But we do have some group seats still remaining."
For companies that are utilizing the new offering to treat current, and hopefully future business clients, the seating option provides a more convenient way to enjoy the game together.
"It is nice. And the new seating that they have, with the non-bleachers, more seat backs with arm rests, things like that, [it] offers a little bit more comfort for our customers," said Eric Halfman with John Deere.
"I didn't know nothing about it," said Packers fan Jamie Weise
Weise, of Green Bay, says he’s attends games regularly and welcomes the option.
"It’s great,” said Weise before the game. “Something that will, actually, really go over great for a big party of people, etcetera."
While no doubt, the lion's share of groups purchasing seats will be Packers fans, the Packers say there is no group discrimination. Even if the fans are from Detroit or Chicago.
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