Green and Gold Flock to Lambeau

By Heather Sawaski, Local 5 News

Published 07/24 2014 09:04AM

Updated 07/24 2014 06:06PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - They come from all over. They're not just fans, but NFL owners, and their dedication is pretty obvious.

"My girlfriend bought the share for me and it's the first time she ever saw me cry," Sam Bork, a shareholder from Long Beach California says.

"It's so much fun to come back and be supportive of the organization and talk about fan experience," Julie Taggart, a shareholder with her husband Timothy says, "this is it, it's awesome."

The Green Bay Packers have more than 360,000 shareholders. Tom Rozum of Illinois is one of them.

"This is my third one," he says.

Despite now living in Bears country, he and his family couldn't miss the first Packers tailgate opportunity of the year.

"It's always fun, big mobs of people" Tom says. "We're all listening to Mike and Ted, first name basis, and we really enjoy it."

The shareholders meeting is a major perk of owning stock. Team leaders give an update on the Green and Gold; including a recap of the draft, accomplishments from the previous season, and a financial report which shows the team had another record breaking revenue year.

Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy also spoke on future possibilities including the good chance the team plays a game in London in an upcoming season and the potential for variable ticket pricing as early as next season.

"In some ways this pricing will more directly reflect secondary market values of tickets," Murphy says.

For a lot of out of towners, it's the first opportunity to see the latest Lambeau renovations.

"It's fun and I enjoyed seeing all the new areas that were there and hearing about what will be there," Phil Dudzinski a shareholder from Fond du Lac says.

"The biggest thing I think is so cool is Harlan plaza and the statues," Julie Taggart says. "Just see it in a different perspective."
GREEN BAY, Wisc. (WFRV) The preseason feeling is in the air around Lambeau Field.

Today owners and ticketed guests will show up for the annual Packers shareholders meeting.

Shareholders can expect to hear reports from President/CEO Mark Murphy, General Manager Ted Thompson and Coach McCarthy, among others.

Local 5's Wendy Fleury was live at Lambeau this morning with a preview. Click the video link above to see her report.

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