GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - After two years of construction, Lambeau Field’s newest addition of 7,000 seats is complete.
The Packers cut the ribbon on the new south end zone and Shopko Gate Thursday.
Packers President Mark Murphy says the new expansion makes Lambeau the 3rd largest stadium in the NFL with 80,750 seats.
Murphy says the expansion allowed for 3,800 fans to come off the decades-long waiting list for season tickets. The average wait time was 30 years.
Hundreds of new season ticket holders gathered Thursday to see the ribbon cutting and to see their new seats.
Norma Kuputa from Salem has been on the waiting list for 33 years.
”This is awesome, these seats are the best, I didn’t think I was going to live to see this moment," Kuputa said.
Around 1,500 current season ticket holders took the option of relocating to the new section.
Chuck Veil and his wife were one of those who relocated to the 700 Level. Previously, they were in the bowl along an aisle.
“People were coming up and down, we came to watch football not party, so I don’t think we are going to have that trouble up here; we just love it, “ Veil said.
The new south end zone section is accessible through the new Shopko Gate and includes the Miller Lite Lounge and Party Deck, the Terrace Suites, the Champions Club, along with the south end zone roof top viewing platform.