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Notre Dame, Wisconsin Agree to Play Football Games in Lambeau Field, Soldier Field

August 17, 2017 by Stephen


Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin

For the first time since 1964, Notre Dame and Wisconsin will compete on the football field—and they’ll do battle at two storied NFL stadiums.

The two college football powerhouses, separated by just 250 miles, reached a two-year agreement on Monday to collide on the gridiron in 2020 and 2021. The first matchup, slated for Oct. 2, 2020, will take place at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, and the following year, Wisconsin will travel southeast to Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, where the two teams will meet on Sept. 25:

At both Lambeau Field and Soldier Field, the teams will divide the tickets evenly, an arrangement that Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick believes will only enhance the fan experience for the pair of  showdowns.

“That creates a unique atmosphere,” Swarbrick told Madison.com. "That’s the same atmosphere you get at a national championship game, and the energy in the stadium when you do that, both sides will be very full. It’s going to be a great atmosphere."

The announcement has generated significant buzz throughout the sports world:

However, before either team can begin to think about the 2020 season, both need to be ready for challenging 2017 schedules.

Notre Dame’s 2017 schedule features usual stalwarts USC and Stanford, but the Fighting Irish will also take on Georgia in a highly anticipated neutral-site matchup that ranks as one of the top-selling NCAA games, according to Vivid Seats ticket data.

Wisconsin’s 2017 schedule has the Badgers traveling to Provo, Utah to face BYU on Sept. 16 and hosting Michigan on Nov. 18.

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