NFL approves Packers' funding request

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers will benefit from an NFL stadium construction program included in the league's new collective bargaining agreement.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Tuesday that league owners have approved the Packers' request for $58 million to help renovate Lambeau Field.

The Packers are in the process of adding about 7,000 seats in the south end zone and have already installed a new sound system, video boards and an entrance. The team's recent stock sale raised $67 million for the $143 million renovation. The NFL's contribution will help pay the balance.

San Francisco is the first team receiving money from the program for construction of a new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

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