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Packers fans purchase a piece of history

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GREEN BAY (WAOW) --  Packers fans are dishing out some green, for a piece of Titletown history.

"I got up before the sun came up and I'm here," Lloyd Wells said. 

When the clock struck 8 o'clock Tuesday morning, more than a quarter of a million shares of Green Bay Packers stock went up for grabs.  For $250.00 you can buy in, and call yourself an owner of the reigning Super Bowl champions.

"The first time I passed this up, I wasn't going to let that happen again," Wells explains.

For Wells, buying a share of the franchise he grew up with is a dream come true.

"You watch the game and pray for them to win.  But, to own a piece of the rock, it doesn't get any better than that," Wells said.

All the money made from the stock sale goes to renovating Lambeau Field. So, when fans walk through the gates on game day,  their experience is one of a kind.

Renovations include adding more than 6,000 new seats, high definition video screens, and a new entrance by 2013.  Packers President Mark Murphy says the goal of the sale is to bring in nearly 22 million dollars.

This is the fifth stock sale in franchise history.  And while it is mostly symbolic, with no return value, it is a chance for Packers fans to support their favorite team.

But, not everyone backing the green and gold are opening up their wallets for the piece of paper.

"I just don't have the extra money right now. Christmas is coming up and we are buying things for our grand kids. That is our priority," Dick Kunz said.

But for Wells, he says the next time he goes to Lambeau Field he will talk a little taller. He is, after all, an NFL team owner.

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