Why LSU vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field Needs to Happen

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Why LSU vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field Needs to Happen
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Wisconsin and LSU are trying to schedule a series that would benefit both powerhouse programs. The only issue is where the games are going to be played. While it is obvious the games should be played on a neutral field, LSU wants to play closer to home, such as Cowboys Stadium in Dallas or Reliant Stadium in Houston, and Wisconsin would prefer Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

According to Jim Kleinpeter of The Times-Picayune, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva is still weighing the options of playing the game in Green Bay.

"We're still in the preliminary stages of talking to them," Alleva said Monday. "It's too early. There's too many things to consider. The biggest thing to consider is the value of playing a game that far away versus the value of playing a game in Tiger Stadium. That's what it comes down to.

"From a recruiting standpoint, it's a great game to tell kids you are going to go play in Lambeau Field. But Wisconsin is a long way away."

Say no more.

The value of the game? Maybe Alleva isn't familiar with the location, but Lambeau Field is an iconic structure for any football fan. Think of any stadium in the country with a larger reputation than this one. You can't.

Nicknamed "The Shrine of Pro Football" or "Titletown USA," it simply doesn't get any bigger than this place. Much like Madison Square Garden is the Holy Grail for basketball fans, football is more popular in Green Bay than anywhere else.

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From the location to the history of the stadium, this is a place that you shouldn't have to think twice about as the site of a game. It should be an honor to set foot on that field, let alone have the chance to have your team play there. It's the same place where the legendary Vince Lombardi coached, Brett Favre threw touchdown passes and the "Lambeau Leap" became the most popular celebration—this stadium drips with history.

This isn't traveling to Boise State and playing on an embarrassing blue turf, or trying to find FAU Stadium in the middle of Boca Raton, Fla. This is Lambeau Field. It's much different than playing in Cowboys Stadium, which opened in 2009. The history and tradition of Lambeau Field creates a magical feeling in the air. 

For youngsters who will never have a chance to play in the NFL, this would be a story they could tell their grandchildren. It would also help recruiting, as kids would be thrilled knowing they will be able to play on a field where legends were made. It may only be a one-time thing, but no other college kid could say they have done the same.

Forget the Big House or Tiger Stadium; Lambeau Field is the god of football stadiums.

Is this site an advantage to Wisconsin? Sure. The game would be played in the Badgers' backyard But LSU  fans always travel well. They would have no problem planning a weekend road trip to Green Bay.

This is that once-in-a-lifetime moment that you just have to seize.  Throw the financial costs, the travel and  opponent home-field advantage out the window. There is only one stadium that is worth all that trouble for LSU, and that is Lambeau Field.

 

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