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Packers contribute $282-million to economy


GREEN BAY, Wis (WSAU) Like ‘em or not, the Green Bay Packers are a giant plus to Wisconsin’s economy – and they’re about to get even bigger.

A new study shows that the Packers added almost $282-million to Brown County’s economy in 2009. And that was while the recession was in high gear. The figure includes the Packers’ operations, plus other spending by visitors that would not have happened had the team not been there. The report said the Packers are responsible for 2,560 in the area, who made about $125-million in wages.

The Packer stadium district commissioned the report, as a springboard to the team’s future growth. The Packers have bought 28 acres around Lambeau Field – and they’re in the early stages of considering a variety of new development to generate revenue that would not have to be shared with the N-F-L’s other teams.

Packers’ president Mark Murphy says they don’t have a timetable for deciding or acting on the new development. The study also considered what would happen if Lambeau Field added 10,000 seats – and it said it would generate another $1.7-million to the local economy for each game. The stadium now generates over $12-million in economic activity per game.