GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) The Wisconsin Badgers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will face off at Lambeau Field in 2020, more than 50 years after the iconic football programs last met.
The Badgers and the Irish will play at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Oct. 3, 2020.
The teams will face off again in 2021 at Soldier Field in Chicago. That game is scheduled for Sept. 25.
The announcement was made Monday in Chicago. Organizers are billing the event as, "Wisconsin. Notre Dame. Two iconic NFL stadiums."
"This is going to be great for the game of football," said Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy. "You have two storied college football programs, playing in the two oldest stadiums, historic and iconic stadiums in the NFL, and also I think is the best rivalry in the NFL between the Bears and Packers."
The University of Wisconsin played in Green Bay last year, defeating 5th-ranked LSU at Lambeau Field in the season opener.
"The atmosphere turned into a college atmosphere. And the excitement of it, and just the electricity around Green Bay and in the stadium was truly special for our athletes," says Barry Alvarez, UW Athletic Director.
The Badgers-LSU game sold out. Fans of both teams jumped at a chance to watch a game at historic Lambeau Field.
Fans spent millions at local restaurants, bars, hotels and stores.
"The LSU-/Badger game was worth probably $15 million in economic impact in our community, and gave us an opportunity to really showcase the area on a national stage," says Brad Toll, President and CEO, Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau.
When the Badgers return to Green Bay in 2020, Wisconsin and Notre Dame will be playing for the 17th time overall. The Irish hold an 8-6-2 edge in the all-time series.
The esteemed football programs last faced off in 1964.
"They see the stadium, they watch the NFL, it's exciting for a college athlete to play in these venues," Alvarez says.
Although it's not their home field, Notre Dame is also excited about the opportunity to play in an historic venue.
"These are two schools with a host of reasons to play each other, who will play in two iconic venues, and I think deliver a great experience for our students," says Jack Swarbrick, Athletic Director, Notre Dame.
Green Bay Packers founder Curly Lambeau played football at Notre Dame under Knute Rockne.
Wisconsin vs. Notre Dame— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) August 14, 2017
Two iconic NFL stadiums
Oct. 3, 2020 at Lambeau Field
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