Madison, WI, United States (4E Sports) – The Wisconsin Badgers will play the LSU Tigers to open the 2016 season at the Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field.
The Wisconsin board of regents Friday approved the contract for the game, where the Packers will reportedly pay Wisconsin $3 million to play in their stadium.
Key to the agreement with LSU was the financial guarantee as Wisconsin has been seeking a payout similar to one of its home games at Camp Randall Stadium, which translates to $3 million to $3.5 million.
“It is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our program, a great experience for our players to play in one of the most revered stadiums in the country and a terrific chance for our fans to see us play a quality opponent in the state of Wisconsin,” said Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez
“We’re honored to be able to host two storied college football programs at Lambeau Field,” Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement.
LSU and Wisconsin are already slated to face each other to open the 2014 season at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.
The initial 2014 meeting has been widely reported, but the schools have had issues trying to settle on the second game.
Alvarez said this spring he preferred the Lambeau matchup to be played in 2017, in part because of scheduling conflicts in ’16. He specifically cited an agreement with Virginia Tech that had the Badgers playing in Blacksburg, Va., in 2016.
The Badgers will open the 2014, ’15 and ’16 seasons facing elite opponents at neutral sites.
Defending national champion Alabama will face the Badgers on Sept. 5, 2015, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.