Lambeau Field Expansion Delivers Water Savings and Efficiency to Green Bay Packers' Home
Part one of a four-part article on Lambeau Field renovation
Mention Lambeau Field, and football fans immediately conjure up images of the Green Bay Packers championship football, Vince Lombardi, and frozen tundra. While the 59-year-old stadium certainly has played a role in creating long-lasting memories for generations of fans, Ted Eisenreich is the first to tell you they are not all Lambeau Field has to offer.
“We’re more than just football,” says Eisenreich, director of facility operations for the Packers. The stadium has evolved since its opening in 1957, when 32,500 fans sat on aluminum benches but had only a few concession as amenities. Today, Lambeau Field contains 2 million square feet of space and features a restaurant, banquets and trade show space, a team hall of fame, a large atrium, and numerous fan suites, in addition to the team’s administrative offices, locker rooms and training facilities.
In 2013, the team took on perhaps its most ambitious challenge — a $143 million expansion that revamped numerous areas of the south end of the field and added about 8,000 seats to bring the stadium’s capacity to 80,375. Among the many challenges for Eisenreich and his department in the planning and oversight of the expansion was ensuring the project contributed to water savings, increased stadium sustainability, and improved overall efficiency.