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He's Lambeau Field's other Ted.
Director of facility operations Ted Eisenreich and his staff are responsible for making sure everything the Packers own or manage works and looks as good as the day it was built, down to and including the grass on the fields. Or maybe especially the grass on the fields, given the Packers' and the NFL's compulsions about playing surfaces.
Eisenreich, 53, has help in that regard from fields manager Allen Johnson, considered one of the best in the business. With a full-time staff of 24, plus numerous part-time employees and contractors for everything from trash collection to HVAC repair to plugging leaks and more, Eisenreich oversees an ever-expanding complex of high- and low-tech features. And on game days, he and assistant director Mike Moynihan are responsible, also, for ushers, ticket-takers, parking attendants and grounds crews.
"He doesn’t get a lot of publicity, but he’s such an important person. He takes such pride, not just him but the whole staff, takes such pride in the whole facility," said Mark Murphy, Packers president and CEO.
Eisenreich, in his 36th year with the team, started out cutting grass. The Packers are his only full-time employer. He graduated from Seymour High School on a Sunday and joined the Packers on Monday. His vacations are short, because he doesn't like coming back to piles of work.
Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District, which owns Lambeau Field jointly with the city of Green Bay, reviews the stadium annually with the assistance of consultant Sigma Group. The reviews generally find a handful of small things, but overall the reports are positive.
"The audit always comes back that it's one of the best-maintained stadiums, if not the best, that this group deals with," said Patrick Webb, executive director of the stadium district. "They are always trying new stuff. When they have a problem, they are looking for solutions."
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This Quick Read was submitted by Dan Hounsell, editor-in-chief of Facility Maintenance Decisions, email@example.com. Read about Eisenreich’s role in the $143 million expansion of Lambeau Field at at http://www.facilitiesnet.com/16424FMD.