The Wisconsin Badgers and LSU Tigers are working on playing a “neutral location” game against each other during the 2015 college football season. The reason it’s not a legit neutral location game is that the desired location is Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, home of the NFL‘s Green Bay Packers.
Throughout the history of college football, regular season games have been played at professional football stadiums as well as the great stadiums that the United States has produced. Recently, this resurfaced as a common practice with places such as Yankee Stadium, the Jerry Dome and Soldier Field becoming neutral sites for regular season college football games.
With this in mind, why not have Lambeau Field host a college football game each year?
Lambeau Field is one of those historically important stadiums in the history of both pro football and American sports. It has been the site of NFL championship games including the famous “Ice Bowl,” it’s named after the team’s founder and one of the men who helped get pro football off the ground in America, and it houses the team with the most NFL championships ever.
The fact that the Badgers would be playing in the college football game at this stadium shouldn’t come as a surprise. Since there’s never been a college football game at Lambeau Field, a good crowd on the first try would obviously be desired. So in this case, what better way to ensure a good crowd than to have a team from Wisconsin playing in the game?
If Lambeau Field were to become a permanent neutral location for college football games, would every game played there have to involve the Badgers? Not necessarily. If the crowds are good with the Badgers there, they will be there. If this ends up being the case, it would end up giving the Badgers a road game that was more a home game. However, there’s nothing that says that Lambeau couldn’t become a legitimate neutral location for college football games.
Only time will tell if the historic field will even get the opportunity to host a college football game. It’s had over 55 years of hosting pro games, so now would be a good time for it to finally host a college game.