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Packers opposed to local politician's effort to disband Lambeau Field stadium district

The Packers “offered their strongest opposition” yet to Wisconsin state Rep. David Steffen's proposal to “disband the Lambeau Field stadium district” during his presentation to the Green Bay finance committee, according to a front-page piece by Richard Ryman of the GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE. Steffen “proposes the elimination” of the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District and its seven-member board, “which co-owns” Lambeau Field with the Packers and the city. His legislation would “transfer assets and liabilities” of the district to the city of Green Bay, except for $81M “set aside” for operations and maintenance of the stadium through at least ‘31. That he "would distribute" to Brown County property owners and other entities. In the Packers' view, that and other provisions of the proposal “would bust the lease” between the Packers, the city and the board, entities the team said that “work well together.” On their opposition, Packers Public Affairs Dir Aaron Popkey said, "It would constitute a breach of trust and illegal evisceration of the Lambeau Field lease. It would leave no choice other than immediate major litigation to prevent it from taking effect." Steffen said that there is “no chance” the proposal could become law this year. He intends “to reintroduce” it in January ‘23 (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 1/12).

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