After months of talks and planning, the contract is finally signed that will have LSU open the 2016 football season against Wisconsin at the Green Bay Packers’ iconic Lambeau Field.
The game was made official Friday after approval from the Wisconsin Board of Regents.
The Tigers and Badgers will meet at Lambeau on Sept. 3, 2016.
The game in Green Bay is the second half of an agreement between LSU and Wisconsin to also play a game at Reliant Stadium in Houston. That game will open the 2014 season for both teams on Aug. 30.
“I’m very excited about this game and I hope our fans are, too,” Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement released by the Packers. “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.”
The Packers will pay Wisconsin $3 million for the game and the club will keep all game revenues, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.
LSU’s 2016 online football schedule did not show the Wisconsin game Friday afternoon. The Tigers were scheduled to play Southern Mississippi on Sept. 3, 2016, but the fate of that game is unknown.
The two-game deal satisfies long-held desires for LSU and Wisconsin to play in Houston and Green Bay.
LSU officials have for years sought a game in Houston, home of LSU’s largest alumni base outside Louisiana and a fertile recruiting area for the Tigers. LSU hasn’t played in Houston since 1983.
Wisconsin will be playing a game at Lambeau Field for the first time.
“We’re honored to be able to host two storied college football programs at Lambeau Field,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said according to the club. “It will be an exciting weekend for football fans at our historic stadium. The Green Bay community will serve as an excellent host and we all look forward to seeing fans from both teams that weekend.”
According to the Packers, the 2016 game will be just the fourth college contest ever played at 80,750-seat Lambeau Field, which opened in 1957.
The Tigers and Badgers have met only twice in football. LSU won 38-28 at Madison, Wis., in 1971 and 27-7 in Tiger Stadium in 1972.
In 2016, LSU is currently scheduled to play at Arizona State on Sept. 10 and host South Alabama on Oct. 15. The Southeastern Conference portion of LSU’s schedules past the 2014 season still have not been released as the SEC seeks to create a long-term scheduling format.