Thousands at Lambeau for Packers shareholders meeting

More than 13,000 shareholders meet in Lambeau Field to hear from team leaders on the state of the Packers in 2013. Image by Brian Miller

Thousands at Lambeau for Packers shareholders meeting

By Deandra Corinthios, Jessie Garcia, Brian Miller and Jay Sorgi. CREATED Jul 24, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 24, 2013

GREEN BAY - Thousands of Packers fans from around the world filled parts of Lambeau Field Wednesday for the annual Green Bay Packers shareholders meeting.

Fans from around the world came and filled the Atrium of Lambeau Field even before they let the 13,000 fans through the turnstiles.

"This is 'Mecca,' and you've got to go 'Mecca" if you're a Packers fan," said a man who came from Orange Couny, Calif.

A retired couple from Illinois may have a different opinion on teams, but they agree that Wednesday wasmeaningful.

"Just being here.  I love it," said Tom Oswego through tears.  His wife follows the New England Patriots.

Fans at Lambeau and the 11,500 who watched online took in 90 minutes of reports.

Among the speakers were Packers general manager Ted Thompson, who updated fans on the team's progress entering the 2013 season.

When the subject came up of coach Mike McCarthy, who begins his 8th season in Green Bay, Thompson said "I thank God every day that he's the head coach."

Packers President Mark Murphy also spoke, and the team recognized soon-to-be-inducted Hall of Famer Dave Robinson who patroled the field for Vince Lombardi's defenses in the mid-to-late 1960's.

Fans were brought up to speed on the newly completed construction of the south end zone, and the team's record revenue.

After the event, Mark Murphy signed autographs, with Ted Thompson inking one fan's Packers shirt.

"I asked Ted to sign my shirt, so I have Ted on one shoulder and Mark Murphy on the other.  As a Packers fan, you can't get any better than that," said the fan.