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Creating a better experience for Packers fans at Lambeau


As fans get ready to watch the Packers players come together in the preseason, they can also watch as the stadium gets put together.

Construction workers with cranes are hard at work at 1265 Lombardi Avenue. It's a project spanning three years -- to make game day bigger and better than before.

"We're certainly proud to be involved and honored to be involved," said Merrill Iron and Steel president and co-owner Roger Hiller.

Merrill Iron and Steel -- a Schofield-based business -- provided five thousand tons of structural support steel for the south end zone. It's the third time the company has contributed to renovations at Lambeau. Hiller said when he goes to games, he can't help but stare at the steel.

"Steel is the commonly used and preferred structural support system for stadiums such like this and again, we're proud to be involved," said Hiller.

After last year's improved sound system filled the ears of green and gold fans, this year fans will have a new sight to see. The biggest difference fans will see when they come to Lambeau field are two giant high definition screens -- four times larger than they were in the past, adding even more to the game day experience.

"More and more fans are engaged in statistics, fantasy football, those types of things," said Packers' director of public affairs Aaron Popkey. "We'll be able to put more information on the boards. So it's not unlike being at home with all that information at their fingertips."

Popkey said fans will be able to see stats scroll across the video board.

"The fans will know when they walk into Lambeau -- wow. Those are big," said Popkey. "They're clearer. They're wider. There's going to be a lot of things we'll be able to do with those."

By the time the 2013 season kicks off, 6,700 new seats will be available on the south side of the field. And more changes inside the atrium are on the horizon.

"We've got a really good idea of how it's used and how it's best utilized," said Popkey. "We've got some big plans on how we can make it an even better experience, not only on game day but every day during the week."

The thousands of fans coming out to watch preseason activities will have a lot to see -- both on and off the field.

As training camps kick off next week, there will be plenty to do around Lambeau with different events each day. To find out what will be going on around there, you can click on this link.

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