Wisconsin Badgers, Notre Dame reschedule Lambeau Field game for 2026
GREEN BAY – The Wisconsin Badgers will play Notre Dame's Fighting Irish at Lambeau Field in 2026.
The Green Bay Packers and University of Wisconsin said Monday the game is scheduled for Sept. 5, 2026. Game time and ticket information will be announced later.
The Badgers and Fighting Irish were scheduled to play Oct. 3, 2020, in Green Bay. The game was announced three years in advance and had been much anticipated. It was called off when the Big 10 decided only in-conference games would be played because of the coronavirus pandemic. Notre Dame will be the home team for the neutral-site game.
"We look forward to welcoming fans of both schools to Green Bay and are excited to enjoy the college atmosphere again at Lambeau Field. It will be really special for the Green Bay community to host a game between two of college football's finest programs," said Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy.
The teams had to settle for 2026 because it was on the earliest nonconference opening the Badgers had. Wisconsin and Notre Dame will play Sept. 25 at Soldier Field in Chicago as part of the two-game series.
The only Division I college football game played at Lambeau was between Wisconsin and Louisiana State University in September 2016. The game was a success — the Badgers even won — and northeastern Wisconsin was flooded with LSU fans for the better part of a week.
Tailgating was extensive and spread well beyond the Lambeau Field parking lot.
A regular-season home game is estimated to have a $15 million economic impact on the community. A college game would be similar, if not slightly higher because more of the fans would be from outside the community.
Lambeau Field has a capacity of more than 81,000.
Terms of the deal were not announced Monday. In 2016, the Packers paid Wisconsin $3 million and LSU $2.5 million to play at Lambeau Field. The Packers assumed all costs of hosting the game and kept ticket, parking and concessions revenue. Also, the Packers had a game sponsor in Carmex Laboratories Inc. and sold program and other advertising. They also sold Wisconsin, LSU and Packers merchandise for the game.
The only other time college football was played at Lambeau Field was when St. Norbert College hosted Fordham in 1983.
All the schools have a place in Packers history:
- Vince Lombardi was a football player and assistant coach at Fordham, located in New York City.
- Curly Lambeau played football at Notre Dame for one year before founding the Packers in 1919.
- St. Norbert College has long been the home to Packers players during training camp.
- LSU and Notre Dame provided Pro Football Hall of Fame players to the Packers, including Jim Taylor from LSU and Paul Hornung from Notre Dame, and many Badgers have played for the Packers, including Packers Hall of Famer Mark Tauscher.
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