Packers offer Lambeau for Big Ten title game
A team spokesman said the Packers have made preliminary contact with Big Ten officials to request information on hosting a new conference championship game, which will become possible after Nebraska leaves the Big 12 for the Big Ten in 2011.
Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy indicated the team’s interest in hosting the Big Ten title game in an interview with ESPN.com on Thursday.
Facing a recent dip in locally generated revenue, the Packers are looking for more ways to grow business. The team also may expand Lambeau Field’s capacity.
The perceived favorites for a 2011 Big Ten championship football game are Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium) and Detroit (Ford Field).
Chicago also is expected to vie for it.
Soldier Field general manager Tim LeFevour told the Chicago Tribune on Monday that if and when the game is announced, his group “absolutely” has interest in hosting it.
“We’ll take a very strong look at it and put together a proposal,” said LeFevour.
Commissioner Jim Delany said after welcoming Nebraska to the Big Ten last month that he “presumes” that a conference title game will be created, but that the league had not scouted possible venues.
Indiana University athletic director Fred Glass since has told the Indianapolis Star that “I don’t think there is really another choice” than Lucas Oil Stadium, which will host the 2012 Super Bowl.
Officials in Detroit, Minneapolis (the Metrodome) and Cleveland (Cleveland Browns Stadium) also have said they would bid on the inaugural game.
David Gilbert, president of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, told The (Ohio) Morning Journal that he expects the game to be rotated among cities and that non-domed stadiums should not be ruled out. The game likely would be played on Dec. 3, 2011.
“This is not SEC football,” he told the paper. “This is Big Ten football. The weather is part of the game.”