by Travis Normand
Why would you tease your fans and alumni by scheduling a great non-conference game, only to then punish them by sending them to Houston, Texas (to play in Reliant Stadium)?
The upcoming Wisconsin vs. LSU match-up promises to be a good one. However, if I were a Badger fan, I would much rather travel to Baton Rouge and see the game played on LSU’s campus.
The same goes if I were a LSU fan. While I am sure Lambeau Field is great, I am not going to a Green Bay Packers’ game. If I wanted to see Lambeau Field, I would go to a Packers’ game. How disappointing it would be to travel all the way to Wisconsin (from Louisiana) and NOT see a game played at Camp Randall Stadium.
College football was meant to be played in college football stadiums. If you have been to a college game that was played in an NFL stadium, you know exactly what I mean.
LSU will play the Badgers in Reliant Stadium in Houston to open the 2014 season and the Tigers will venture to the Packers historic home in Green Bay to play the Badgers in a return game in the 2016 opener.
See original article HERE.
Here is what one Wisconsin fan had to say about playing in NFL stadiums:
It’s an outright travesty this game isn’t a home-and-home
Here’s where the dream ends. Somehow the series was brokered to be played at Reliant Stadium in Houston and at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. On paper, playing college football in pro stadiums seems like a novel idea. In practice, it forces fans to travel farther and pay more money to see their teams play, while athletic departments make less or lose money on the deal.
Perhaps the idea is to give players a chance to bask in Reliant’s brilliant decade-long history. Or maybe both schools just wanted to help two clearly starving NFL franchises. Whatever the case, it sort of stinks for fans.
Read the entire article HERE.