Packers plan match between top European soccer teams Manchester City and Bayern Munich at Lambeau Field

Richard Ryman
Green Bay Press-Gazette
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Manchester City's Jack Grealish runs with the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Manchester United, at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, March 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers aim to host a football game between Manchester City and Bayern Munich in July at Lambeau Field. To Americans, that would be soccer.

The top-level European teams will play an exhibition game just days before the Green Bay Packers training camp opens, according to sources and internet posts. 

The Packers said on Monday they would host a major event at Lambeau Field this year, but did not provide details. The team did not confirm the soccer match on Tuesday. They said they would announce details when the event is finalized. It is possible terms are agreed to, but contracts have not been signed.

The Packers have said they would like to have one major non-Packers event at Lambeau each year, but stadium construction in 2018 and the COVID pandemic in 2020 and 2021 intervened. The Badgers will play Notre Dame at Lambeau Field in 2026.

Events they have had include Kenney Chesney concerts in 2011 and 2015Wisconsin Badgers-LSU Tigers football in 2016, a Billy Joel concert in 2017 and Paul McCartney in 2019.

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The Packers would have had a ninth regular-season game at Lambeau Field this year under the NFL's new 17-game schedule, but instead will be playing the extra game in London at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The schedule for that game will be announced in the coming weeks.

Because of the London game, the Packers faced having one fewer game than normal at Lambeau Field, albeit a preseason game. The soccer match likely will more than make up for that financially. 

The local financial impact of a regular-season Packers game is estimated at $15 million. A big contributor to that is that 80% or more of fans at those games travel more than 50 miles to be at Lambeau Field. The games import money into the community.

Preseason games probably have a lesser impact because attendees tend to be more local and more kid-oriented, which means fewer hotel stays and restaurant visits, and fewer bar patrons.

The Man City-Bayern game, on the other hand, will draw soccer fans from around the Midwest, if not the country and the world. Lambeau Field might not be big enough for a standard soccer field, but it's iconic enough for people to want to see a match there.

Manchester City F.C. leads Liverpool by one point in the United Kingdom's Premier League. F.C. Bayern Munich leads Dortmund by six points in Germany's Bundesliga.

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski, left, and Union's Andras Schafer challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and 1 FC Union Berlin at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Saturday, March 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andreas Schaad)

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