Packers want Big Ten title game at Lambeau Field

The Big Ten is expected to start playing a conference championship game in 2011, and the Green Bay Packers would like to host it.

“We’d be very interested,” Packers president Mark Murphy told ESPN.com. “The Big Ten has got such history and tradition, and to have a championship in Lambeau Field would be tremendous. It’d be good for our community and good for college football to have it in such a historic venue.”

Murphy, a former Northwestern athletic director who’s well-connected within the Big Ten, says the Packers have already contacted the Big Ten office to make the case that Lambeau Field is the right place for a Big Ten title game.

When the Packers released their financial information this week, Murphy noted that the team’s local revenues have been flat since 2007, and the Packers would like to increase their unshared revenue. So it makes sense for him to talk up Lambeau as a host venue, just as he did when he said the idea of a Super Bowl at Lambeau is “very intriguing.”

And it would make sense for other NFL teams in the Big Ten region — including the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns — to contact the Big Ten office as well.

39 responses to “Packers want Big Ten title game at Lambeau Field

  1. Wait, so are they talking about the Big10 that has 12 teams? or the Big 12 that has 10 teams?

  2. Gotta find a way to play a title game there somehow. Since if they do make the playoffs, they will have to play on the road.

  3. Soldier Field officials said at least 3 days ago they’d be interested. Great job doing your research on this blurb MDS.

  4. All kinds of opportunities here…….I would think the actual Big Ten teams and their major cities might have a little something to say about having a title game in green bay, wisconsin. I can understand Murphy’s interest, as it may be the only opportunity for any kind of “title game” in Green Bay. Green Bay was a powerhouse back in the pony express days and then after a couple of decades of being bottom feeders, they did have some magical seasons…..led by their now “hated hero”…but now economics is what really prevents them from being anything more than an above average team as the “real stockholders” (the money people,not the pretend stockholders joe blow fan) won’t allow murphy to spend $ on free agents. They put a good spin on things for the fans, that they want to draft and build but the reality of the nfl is that it can’t be done anymore without free agency signings.

  5. Vikings could really use something like this in their new stadium–oh wait, they can’t play the Big Ten Championship in Los Angeles…

  6. I wonder why a college football conference that has Michian Stadium (109,901), Beaver Stadium (107,282), Ohio Stadium (102,329), Camp Randall Stadium (80,321), Spartan Stadium (75,025), and soon to be adding Memorial Stadium (81,067) would want to go slumming for their championship game in a stadium that only holds 72,928 fans.
    Looks to me like the Packers just wanted to get their name in the news because there is no shot of that happening.

  7. NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Green Bay can’t support a college team of it’s own (UWGB) then why do they deserve this game? Further more Wisconsin does not deserve an obvious home feild and weather advantage either. It is clear to me that Indianapolis would be perfect! A nuetral site where weather will not determine a potential National Champion. The blue print is already there with Domes in Atlanta and New Orleans being used for this same purpose. Leave it to Wisconsin to try and scam one by with the use of Lamblow.

  8. This would be cool..
    It’s like having football games at Yankee Stadium..and hockey games outdoors..
    I like stuff like this.
    I’d go see a good boxing match (still hoping) at Fenway…
    Mix it up.. Basketball on South Beach would be cool as well, right next to the ocean.

  9. I don’t know how these things work really but why would the Big Ten want to have it at Lambeau? Why not just have it at one of the Big Ten stadiums? Gophers have a brand new facility and the Big House of Michagan holds more.
    I guess if you were to want a neutral non college stadium then an NFC North stadium would make since with proximity.

  10. Yeah right every decision Delany and Co. have made had been to maximize money. You think they are going to have a conference championship game outdoors in December? In effing Green Bay for that matter? NEVER HAPPEN. This will be in a dome, probably in Indy.

  11. Missus Humble is such a pain in the a$$. Kind of hard to blame her though……being a Queens fan.
    The Big Ten Championship at Lambeau would be historic. It is the iconic venue in the NFL. The TV ratings would go through the roof. Yes…..Missus Humble…..they would be better than the game at the Metrodome.
    And migp44…….nice line……”slumming at Lambeau”…….you clearly have never been there…………maybe some day big guy…………

  12. “I wonder why a college football conference that has Michian Stadium (109,901), Beaver Stadium (107,282), Ohio Stadium (102,329), Camp Randall Stadium (80,321), Spartan Stadium (75,025), and soon to be adding Memorial Stadium (81,067) would want to go slumming for their championship game in a stadium that only holds 72,928 fans.”
    Well, obviously you want to hold the championship game on a neutral field, since actually holding it in Ann Arbor would be a serious problem if Michigan ever returns to their standard glory. You also don’t want to hold the game outside of Big Ten country, since you want your fans to be able to get to the game. When you start looking at Stadiums in Big Ten territory that aren’t associated with a Big Ten School, Lambeau isn’t a bad choice. The only NFL stadiums larger than Lambeau are in Cleveland, Charlotte, Buffalo, Miami, Denver, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Dallas, East Rutherford NJ, and Landover MD; and most of those are located entirely outside of Big Ten Country, except Cleveland which is add the edge, and Lambeau which is smack-dab right in the middle. Putting the game at Lucas Oil Stadium (63,000), Soldier Field (61,500), or at Ford Field (65,000) would be significantly more egregious than putting it at Lambeau (72,928). Cleveland Stadium (73,200) is a definite option, but Lambeau’s central location, iconic status, and better stadium amenities would seem to more than make up for the 262 fewer seats.

  13. “I wonder why a college football conference that has Michian Stadium (109,901), Beaver Stadium (107,282), Ohio Stadium (102,329), Camp Randall Stadium (80,321), Spartan Stadium (75,025), and soon to be adding Memorial Stadium (81,067) would want to go slumming for their championship game in a stadium that only holds 72,928 fans.”
    Well, obviously you want to hold the championship game on a neutral field, since actually holding it in Ann Arbor would be a serious problem if Michigan ever returns to their standard glory. You also don’t want to hold the game outside of Big Ten country, since you want your fans to be able to get to the game. When you start looking at Stadiums in Big Ten territory that aren’t associated with a Big Ten School, Lambeau isn’t a bad choice. The only NFL stadiums larger than Lambeau are in Cleveland, Charlotte, Buffalo, Miami, Denver, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Dallas, East Rutherford NJ, and Landover MD; and most of those are located entirely outside of Big Ten Country, except Cleveland which is add the edge, and Lambeau which is smack-dab right in the middle. Putting the game at Lucas Oil Stadium (63,000), Soldier Field (61,500), or at Ford Field (65,000) would be significantly more egregious than putting it at Lambeau (72,928). Cleveland Stadium (73,200) is a definite option, but Lambeau’s central location, iconic status, and better stadium amenities would seem to more than make up for the 262 fewer seats.
    Remember, that those stadiums in Happy Valley and Ann Arbor are the 3rd and 4th largest stadiums in the world. You’re not really going to find anything bigger outside of Asia.

  14. Of course they do…they are a team in financial decline. Will be a matter of time before Toughman Contests,midget wresting and circus freaks start helping Lambeau stay afloat. Knowing Ted and Aaron,gay male dance troupes will also fill the place for that should go over big in Green Gay. Oh how they must long for the Championship days when Hitler was running buck wild!

  15. I’m liking that Indi idea. Centrally located, a dome, BIG revenues, and a neutral site (With all due respects to the Hoosier losers.
    Lambeau? Perhaps on the 100th anniversary of Brett Favre’s death.

  16. @Charisma says:
    Vikings could really use something like this in their new stadium–oh wait, they can’t play the Big Ten Championship in Los Angeles…
    Gee that’s really freakin’ hillarious. Did you think of that all by yourself, or did you peek at the posts of the other Packer pole-smokers who’ve been recycling that same, tired, line for the last ten years?
    Don’t you find it a little embarrassing that the Packers are sick of 2nd place and want to play in the Big Ten? How’s that for juvenile humor?

  17. Yeah. Unless you go to Brazil, where the 1950 World Cup Final was played in front of a full QUARTER OF A MILLION FANS.

  18. Quote:
    PossibleCabbage says:
    July 15, 2010 9:51 PM
    “I wonder why a college football conference that has Michian Stadium (109,901), Beaver Stadium (107,282), Ohio Stadium (102,329), Camp Randall Stadium (80,321), Spartan Stadium (75,025), and soon to be adding Memorial Stadium (81,067) would want to go slumming for their championship game in a stadium that only holds 72,928 fans.”
    ——————————————
    Why in the wide world of sports does any sane person think that the Big Ten is going to share this revenue with anybody not in the Big Ten?

  19. # MrHumble says: July 15, 2010 9:07 PM
    All kinds of opportunities here…….I would think the actual Big Ten teams and their major cities might have a little something to say about having a title game in green bay, wisconsin. I can understand Murphy’s interest, as it may be the only opportunity for any kind of “title game” in Green Bay. Green Bay was a powerhouse back in the pony express days and then after a couple of decades of being bottom feeders, they did have some magical seasons…..led by their now “hated hero”…but now economics is what really prevents them from being anything more than an above average team as the “real stockholders” (the money people,not the pretend stockholders joe blow fan) won’t allow murphy to spend $ on free agents. They put a good spin on things for the fans, that they want to draft and build but the reality of the nfl is that it can’t be done anymore without free agency signings.
    _____________________
    There is one big city. That city is NYC. Don’t compare the garbage in the midwest to the greatest city in the world.

  20. I think it would be great having the big game at the most famous stadium in America.
    It would be a great tradition to get started.
    The Big Ten should be honored to have such a venue offered.

  21. Since Indy has a domed stadium, that is the most logical choice for the first year.
    Subsequent years could be played at the home field of the previous year’s winner.

  22. The city of Green Bay better pony up the cash. Jerry Jones pays to host college games. Daniel Snyder paid Indiana $3 Million to play their home game against Penn State in FedEx field this season.
    If Indiana rates $3 Mil, how much will the Big Ten want for the championship game?

  23. “Vikings could really use something like this in their new stadium–oh wait, they can’t play the Big Ten Championship in Los Angeles…”
    Great post. Well worth repeating since there’s a dome in the Twin Cities that’s going to be vacant pretty soon. What are the odds that Los Angeles will get rid of the name “Vikings” in order to get over the stench of such a losing history?

  24. It’s only a preface to the Packers playing in the big 10 championship game.

  25. @ Jason W
    There is a continuous city starting north of Boston running south along the eastern seaboard all the way to Miami.

  26. “When the Packers released their financial information this week, Murphy noted that the team’s local revenues have been flat since 2007”
    hmmmmm 2007….wasnt that the year certain very popular quarterback played his last season for the packers?? cant remember his name but maybe that has something to do with their financial woes….just saying

  27. just a little fyi, lambeau field is NOT an original and is based off of MSU’s spartin stadium. So you might as well just play the game at the original and larger stadium at MSU.

  28. In a related story, the Minnesota Vikings would like to host the 2012 Rose Bowl.

  29. I think LF would be a great place for this game. Unfortunately the Three Stooges who run the Packers will eff up this deal just like they eff’d up everything else.

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