The Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field expansion project will cost $25 million more than initially planned.
Packers spokesman Aaron Popkey told the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District board Monday that new equipment and more extensive construction would drive the cost of the second phase to $166 million.
The first phase —which included nearly 7,000 new south end zone seats, new digital scoreboards and other improvements — cost $146 million. The second phase, now under construction, includes relocating and expanding the Packers Pro Shop, and relocating Curly’s restaurant and the Packers Hall of Fame.
A new chiller for air conditioning and new boilers for heat accounted for much of the increase, but it also was decided to make the Packers Pro Shop bigger than planned, which required more excavation. The team also plans upgrades for the new atrium restaurant, Harlan Plaza, the south end zone viewing deck and general technology.
“A lot of this is increasing our operational efficiency; back of the house sorts of things,” Popkey said. “It’s a cost we are taking on. There’s no tax money involved.”