GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay Packers fans gathered for the annual shareholders meeting Tuesday.
Some shareholders arrived at the Lambeau Field parking lots early, to not only celebrate an unofficial start to the season, but to not pass up a chance to tailgate.
"We came out, we did omlettes on our grill and potatoes and bloody mary's this morning," says first-time shareholder Amanda Tice. "So we came out and we did it right."
About 12,500 shareholders attended the meeting in-person. Another approximately 21,000 shareholders took part in the first-ever live online stream of the annual meeting.
"It's the largest Packers meeting we've had when you combine the two," says Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy, who called it a really good meeting. "You could feel the energy from the shareholders, so I would guess a pretty high percentage of the people there were new shareholders."
The Packers stock sale last winter brought in about 250,000 new owners and helped pay for the new Lambeau Field expansion, which the shareholders who attended Tuesday got to see.
Another new shareholder, Marsha Faust of Racine, was taking photos of the construction at the south end of Lambeau Field.
"I'm going to show the pictures to my sons and say 'here's where my money went.'"
Murphy also says the annual meeting is important because it's the best chance for him and other team officials to be accessible to the shareholders.