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Thousands hear optimistic message for Packers at shareholders meeting

"Steve the Owner," one of thousands of Packers shareholders around the world. Photo: Image by Jessie Garcia

Thousands hear optimistic message for Packers at shareholders meeting

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Jul 22, 2014 - UPDATED: Jul 24, 2014

The Green Bay Packers organization held a big business meeting Thursday, with at least 12,000 people showing up.

Thursday brought the annual Green Bay Packers shareholders meeting.

Fans parked their cars as early as 8 a.m. and entered the stadium at 9 a.m.

They waited until 11:00 a.m. before speakers like President Mark Murphy and GM Ted Thompson addressed them with updates on the team and the business.

Nuggets from Mark Murphy include the fact the team has 31,000 more names on the season ticket waiting list than it has in current seats...

...that it continues to be the No. 1 most beloved game experience in pro football...

...and that the controversial way of paying for playoff tickets has changed.

The team may change its ticket prices for particular games starting in 2015.

On the football side of things, GM Ted Thompson painted a snapshot of 2013 and a rosy picture of the training camp and season to come.