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It's official: Wisconsin and LSU will open the 2016 season at Green Bay's Lambeau Field.
The Wisconsin board of regents on Friday approved the contract for the game, clearing the way for the Badgers' first game at the home of the Green Bay Packers. The game will be played Sept. 3.
"I'm very excited about this game and I hope our fans are, too," Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement. "It is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our program, a great experience for our players to play in one of the most revered stadiums in the country and a terrific chance for our fans to see us play a quality opponent in the state of Wisconsin."
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the Packers will pay Wisconsin $3 million to play in their stadium.
"We're honored to be able to host two storied college football programs at Lambeau Field," Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement. "It will be an exciting weekend for football fans at our historic stadium. The Green Bay community will serve as an excellent host and we all look forward to seeing fans from both teams that weekend."
LSU and Wisconsin also will face each other to open the 2014 season at Houston's Reliant Stadium. The Badgers will play three straight openers against SEC powers in NFL stadiums; they begin the 2015 season against Alabama in Arlington, Texas.