The ongoing renovation of Lambeau Field — the departure of its longtime quarterback Aaron Rodgers notwithstanding — has local roofing concern Quality Roofing of Marshfield, Wisc., in the spotlight. This, despite the fact Lambeau, known as the “Frozen Tundra,” is an open-air stadium.
Among the various projects, including installing new video boards, moving executive offices, and expanding the team’s conditioning center, is the refurbishment of its concourses — where the concession stands are located and serve fans all that Wisconsin cheese. (Not really, but go with it.)
After Chicago's Soldier Field, Lambeau, home of the Green Bay Packers, is the oldest stadium in the National Football League; the stadium first opened in 1957. Over the last several years, the publicly-owned stadium has undertaken significant renovations. Earlier this year, the Packers raised nearly $66 million through the sale of approximately 198,000 shares in the team’s sixth stock sale, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
“It’s great to be back at Lambeau! We’ve done work here before, and it’s such a unique place,” Lucas Kramer, a Quality Roofing project manager, told local news website Onfocus.com. “This time, we are installing the new roof on the renovated market, as well as the edge metal, trim, and wall panels.”
Quality Roofing, which has a second location in Menomonie, about 70 miles from Minneapolis, Minn., says it has been working with the Packers for more than 20 years, providing roofing service to help keep the stadium’s concourses in top condition despite Green Bay's notoriously fierce winter weather.
“Not too often you can jump on a UTV and drive around Lambeau,” said Kramer. “We’re also installing roofs inside a building so it’s kind of nice they can work whatever the weather is.”
Concession stand renovation began several years ago, according to the Packers’ website. Primarily, the Packers are converting full-service concession stands to self-service stands, which the team says allow fans to spend less time in the concourses and more time at their seats.
“We understand the importance of keeping Lambeau in top condition, not only for the Green Bay Packers but for the fans and the community as a whole,” Quality Roofing’s principals, Mark and Pat Begotka, told Onfocus.com. “We’re dedicated to maintaining our long-standing relationship with the team and providing quality roofing services for years to come.”
The Begotkas purchased Quality Roofing in 1990. The company, which provides commercial roofing and sheet metal services, has changed hands once since its founding in 1943. The company has recently worked on other large-scale projects, including the Kohl Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
For more information about Quality Roofing, visit qroof.com.