There remain only 100 days until the Badgers begin the 2016-2017 football season at historic Lambeau Field.
The Wisconsin Badger Football team will kick of the 2016-2017 football season against the LSU Tigers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on September 3, 2016. While neutral site games at NFL football stadiums have become more popular in collegiate football, this season opener will be the fourth time college teams have faced off at Lambeau Field.
Prior to this Badgers versus Tigers matchup, the only Wisconsin college team to play at Lambeau Field had been St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. St. Norbert College, located just five miles from the Green Bay stadium, is a small Catholic liberal arts college, home to the Green Knights football team. The D3 team, according to its website, have won 16 league titles since entering the Midwest Conference in 1984. St. Norbert College is also known for housing the Green Bay Packers during their training camp. Since 1958, it has been a tradition for the Packer players to stay in the college’s dorms. This tradition holds the NFL record for the longest use of a training camp facility among all NFL teams.
The St. Norbert Green Knights played three times at Lambeau Field against the Fordham University Rams twice and one against the Mankato State College Indians. St. Norbert played Fordham University on November 20, 1982, and November 19, 1983, and played Mankato State College on October 29, 1960. The Green Knights won in all three game played at Lambeau Field.
In October of 2013, it was announced that the Wisconsin Badgers would play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Lambeau Field on September 3, 2016 to start the 2016-2017 season. With recent renovations of the Green Bay stadium, Lambeau Field’s seating capacity is 80,735. Of those seats, Wisconsin will receive 40,000 tickets, LSU 20,000 and the rest will go to the Packers. Badger season ticket holders were able to request tickets up until April 30th, with prices ranging from $91 to $118 dollars. A second wave of requests was available May 18th through May 24th. Roughly 7,500 tickets will be available for students to purchase for $48 dollars. Student tickets will be available for undergraduates on Friday June 17th, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and on Wednesday July 13th at 7:30 a.m. for graduate and professional students.
This will be the third consecutive season opener for the Badgers not at Camp Randall Stadium and second time in three years that the Badgers will play LSU in the season opener. In 2014, the Badgers lost to LSU at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, home to the NFL Houston Texans. In 2015, the Badgers lost to Alabama at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Head Coach Paul Chryst and his football team hope for a change this year with a win to start the 2016-2016 season.
The game will be sponsored by Carmex, a Wisconsin-based company founded in Franklin, Wisconsin. This will be the first national sports sponsorship for the company.
The Carmex Lambeau Field College Classic will be broadcasted by ESPN/ABC as part of their week 1 tripleheader series. The game will kick off at 2:30 p.m.
Photo from Badgers spring practice at the Don Hutson Center in Green Bay (April 2, 2016)