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Packers want to move Hall of Fame (UPDATE)

Mike Seavert (left) of New Berlin cheers after the Green Bay Packers select Mississippi State tackle Derek Sherrod with their No. 32 pick in the NFL Draft during the Packers' annual draft party at Curly's Pub inside the Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay on April 28. Part of the planned renovations to Lambeau Field include moving Curly's. (AP Photo/Green Bay Press-Gazette, Evan Siegle)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers want to move their Hall of Fame in Lambeau Field to give it greater visibility and increase its size.

Packers’ representative Jason Wied met with the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District board on Thursday and gave more details of possible renovations to the stadium.

“It is one of the most popular halls of fame in the country. We’d like to add to that,” Wied, who is vice president of administration and general counsel, told the board.

He said the team is considering moving the Packers Pro Shop and Curly’s Pub to the east parking lot and moving the Packers Hall of Fame into the vacated spaces. It would give the Hall of Fame greater visibility and increase its size from 20,000 square feet to as much as 35,000 square feet, he said.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that the Packers also plan to replace the stadium sound system, the scoreboards and add 7,000 to 8,000 seats in the south end zone. Those projects are scheduled to begin in the 2012 offseason and take two off-seasons to complete.

Wied said the new seats should have an economic impact of $2 million per game. The team’s economic impact on the county is $282 million a year, according to study of the 2009 season. That includes a $12 million-per-game impact.

The new seats would be in vertical decks, keeping them as close to the field as the others in the stadium.

The stadium district will provide about $11 million for the combined audio and scoreboard improvements. That money comes from a designated capital improvement fund. The money for the fund is from seat license collections and will be fairly tapped out by the project.

The team would finance any other projects at Lambeau Field, he said.

Sales tax money would not be used for any of the projects, though, as landlord, the stadium district would continue to oversee any Lambeau projects.

Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

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