Lambeau Field has officially lost its first game of 2020.
It’s not a Green Bay Packers game, but the Big Ten announced yesterday that teams will only face other conference teams during its football season this fall.
That means the Notre Dame-Wisconsin game set for early September at Lambeau Field is canceled. The two teams will face off at Soldier Field in 2021 and Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said the two schools are working to reschedule this year’s game at Lambeau.
It’s a bummer that the game had to get canceled but the Big Ten felt it safer to keep teams relatively close to home for this season (Maryland and Rutgers apparently notwithstanding) thanks to the ongoing pandemic.
This of course means even more revenue lost for the Green Bay area and with the NFL season very much in limbo despite the league’s insistence on moving forward, there could be further economic trouble ahead.
Football is obviously very important to Green Bay as they count on the Packers as well as other events at Lambeau Field to fuel the local economy. So what happens with a year (or more) of nothing? That’s a question not many likely want to answer but we will sadly soon find out.
This would have been an incredibly special and unique moment between two of college football’s most storied schools. Sadly, we’ll have to wait a little longer. Curse you, COVID-19!
On the positive side, activities inside the Lambeau Field Atrium and the Titletown district continue to increase albeit with new safety precautions in place. This should at least help shore up the Packers’ coffers to withstand a prolonged loss of football.
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