The Packers, the only publically owned N.F.L. team, also had fans buzzing by suggesting they might pay for the project through a stock sale that would give even more people a chance to be a part-owner of one of the N.F.L.’s most storied franchises.
“We’re excited to begin work on the expansion of Lambeau Field,” the Packers’ president, Mark Murphy, said, noting the community will benefit though construction jobs.
The Packers quoted a study that said the expansion is expected to employ about 1,600 workers over the next two years.
The seats will be in four levels in the south end zone. The prices are expected to range between the current cost for bowl seats, where the top price is $87, and club seats, where the top price is $313. The project includes a new rooftop viewing terrace that club-seat holders can use on game days, along with new gates, elevators and access points for people with disabilities.
Lambeau Field is the oldest continually operating N.F.L. stadium, and the third-oldest continually operating site in major sports behind Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park.
The new seats will be distributed through a seniority system. Current season-ticket holders will get first access with a chance to trade their existing seats. After that, fans on the waiting list will finally get a chance they’ve spent decades waiting for.
Nathan Bitzer, 35, has been on the list since 1996, when he was somewhere around No. 33,000. In 15 years, he has moved up to about 26,000, he said.
“I’m hopeful,” said Bitzer, who lives in St. Paul. “But I’ll probably be dead for 200 or 300 years before my name comes up.”
VICK LEADS EAGLES Michael Vick led three scoring drives, the first-team defense pitched a shutout and the Eagles beat the Cleveland Browns in a preseason game, in Philadelphia.
Vick took a lot of hits and had to escape trouble quite a bit. Still, he managed to complete 10 of 18 passes for 98 yards. He ran for 24 yards and a touchdown.
Colt McCoy and the rest of Cleveland’s starting offense hardly looked like the crew that scored five touchdowns on nine possessions in the first two preseason games. The Browns punted four times and missed a field goal, and McCoy threw an interception on six first-half drives.
DALTON OUTSHINES NEWTON Carolina’s rookie quarterback Cam Newton took a step back while Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton, another rookie, took a leap forward.
Dalton, Cincinnati’s second-round draft pick from Texas Christian, led four first-half scoring drives and the Bengals held on for a in Cincinnati.
Dalton was an efficient 11 of 17 for 130 yards and a touchdown for Cincinnati (1-2), putting together a 107.5 quarterback rating, a vast improvement over the 30.9 figure he took into the game.
Newton, the overall No. 1 pick, entered the game with a 65.2 quarterback rating after two games. He rushed for 41 yards in the first half, including a 16-yard scramble for a touchdown. He finished 6 for 19 for 75 yards and a 44.8 rating.
REDSKINS’ DUEL CONTINUES Rex Grossman and John Beck each threw a touchdown pass in a duel to become the starting quarterback for the Redskins, who lost to the Ravens, 34-31, in Baltimore.
Tyrod Taylor threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Jones with 22 seconds left for the Ravens.
Grossman went 8 for 15 for 112 yards, directed an 80-yard scoring drive and finished with a quarterback rating of 99.9.
Beck completed 6 of 10 passes for 108 yards with an interception for a 90.8 rating. He guided Washington on a 97-yard march against Baltimore’s second-string defense for a 28-21 lead in the third quarter.
INJURIES PLAGUE BILLS It may be just a couple weeks into the preseason schedule, but the Buffalo Bills are already dealing with several injuries that are testing their roster depth.
Linebacker Reggie Torbor, who started seven games last year and made 41 tackles, was placed on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury, while receivers Roscoe Parrish (left calf), Donald Jones (head) and Naaman Roosevelt (right ankle), and linebackers Arthur Moats (leg) and Chris Kelsay (eye surgery) are all sidelined.
PRYOR TO SIGN 4-YEAR DEAL Quarterback Terrelle Pryor agreed to a four-year contract with the Oakland Raiders, three days after being picked in the third round of the supplemental draft. The Raiders senior executive John Herrera said Pryor arrived in the Bay Area and was expected to sign a deal Thursday night. Pryor can start practicing with Oakland on Friday.
There has been some speculation that Pryor could eventually play receiver or tight end in the N.F.L., but Raiders coach Hue Jackson said Monday that Pryor would start off as a quarterback.