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Congratulations Green Bay Packers: Lambeau Field Still Rules

| by Alex Groberman

It’s not even fair, really.

The Green Bay Packers are the defending Super Bowl champions, and they’re off to an undefeated start this season.

They have the arguably the best quarterback in the sport at the helm of their offense, and he’s off to a historically great start in 2011.

There's that interesting defense, that may or may not morph into something special over time.

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And now, apparently, they get to chase a second chip and abuse opposing defenses with Rodgers in just about the best stadium around.

Not that this will shock anyone, but Lambeau Field has once again been ruled as a very, very cool place to play and watch football.

According to an annual review of Lambeau Field, the second largest stadium in Wisconsin (Camp Randall comes in first) has been deemed in satisfactory condition: Translation: patrons will not come away with any new peculiar itches if they opt to watch the Packers destroy someone this year.  

The Sigma Group of Milwaukee had the honor of being appointed by the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District to ensure that everything was on the up-and-up with the city-owned property – and apparently it is.

"The Packers maintenance program is phenomenal. They take enormous pride in this facility," said Mike Brockman of Sigma Group.

The good reviews should cement in everyone’s minds that moving ahead with an agreement for the local district to provide $11 million for a $143 million expansion and improvement project was a fine idea.

A 0.5 percent Brown County sales tax was utilized to generate $1.7 million for the proceedings in October, a total that while impressive, was $112,000 lower than what it was last year. The district will also earn a $94,000 refund for overpayments on bond debt services, $59,000 in parking fees from a Kenny Chesney concern held this past June and much more.

Plus, so long as the Packers keep winning and keep marching towards a second consecutive championship, the revenue stream should continue to come in more or less steadily. After all, is there a more beloved or respected franchise anywhere in Wisconsin -- sorry, Badgers -- than the defending champs?

Lambeau Field will get a couple of weeks to cool off as the Packers aren’t scheduled to play this weekend, and then travel on the road to take on the San Diego Chargers. Two weeks later, however, they back into the swing of things with what promises to be an interesting showdown against the Minnesota Vikings on November 14.