There is an effort to bring a different type of football to Lambeau Field.
Stadium officials are talking with the United States Soccer Federation about the possibility of staging a soccer match.
Right now, the talk is centered on the condition and size of the field. There are also concerns about whether enough people would attend the game to make it worthwhile.
No commitments have been made at this time.
The USSF has offered up the U.S. Women's team. Any match would be played in an off-World Cup or off-Olympic year, according to stadium officials.
Tuesday 03-24-2009 11:07am CT
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says safety Nick Collins has agreed to separate football from his contract business. But McCarthy won’t say if that means Collins will report to the Packers off-season workouts any time soon. The fifth-year pro is starting the final year of his rookie contract. A McCarthy says Collins has had talks with all the affected people in the organization about his contract status and what he’d like to do. Collins’ wife is soon expected to have her third child – and reports say he won’t report to Green Bay at least until the baby is born. Collins started at safety for the NFC in his first Pro Bowl last month.
Michael Montgomery re-signed
Monday 03-23-2009 10:49pm CT
The Green Bay Packers have re-signed defensive end Michael Montgomery, an unrestricted free agent who played mostly as a backup in his first four seasons with the team.
A sixth-round draft choice by the Packers in 2005, Montgomery made eight starts last season and posted a career-high 71 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks.
Season opener in prime-time, Thanksgiving game on schedule
Monday 03-23-2009 3:13pm CT
For the second straight year, the Green Bay Packers will open up their season with a prime-time matchup at home against a divisional rival as they take on Chicago, and for the second time in three seasons, will travel to Detroit on Thanksgiving.
The NFL announced on Monday at the annual league meetings in Dana Point, Calif., that the Packers will play the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field at 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, September 13, 2009, in their season opener. The game will be televised nationally by NBC.
No two NFL clubs have faced off more than Green Bay and Chicago, and the season opener will mark Game No. 178 in the rivalry.
The Packers have opened the season in prime time on four other occasions, all of which have come on Monday Night Football, including last year's 24-19 win over Minnesota. Green Bay is 4-0 in those games.
The league also announced that the Packers will play the Lions at Detroit's Ford Field at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 26, 2009. The game will be televised nationally by FOX, and marks the 33rd Thanksgiving contest in franchise history.
The Packers last played on Thanksgiving in 2007, also in Detroit, beating the Lions 37-26 to improve to 12-18-2 all-time on Thanksgiving, including 6-11-1 in Detroit. The Packers and Lions played every Thanksgiving in Detroit for 13 straight seasons, from 1951 through 1963. The other meetings occurred in 1984, 1986, 2001 and 2003.
The Packers have won three of their last four Thanksgiving meetings with Detroit, beating the Lions 44-40 in 1986 and 29-27 in 2001. Detroit beat Green Bay 22-14 in 2003.
The remainder of the Packers' schedule will be completed and released in April, along with the full league schedule.
Friday 03-20-2009 11:30am CT
The Green Bay City Council tabled discussion of so-called Packer party houses, and referred the issue back to the city's legal department and Plan Commission.
For the last year or more, owners of a half-dozen Shadow Lane homes near Lambeau Field have renovated their property, then advertised and rented out the homes on the weekends of Packers games.
The city's Plan Commission wants to change that, and presented a proposed ordinance restricting these types of homes to one every 500 feet.
Property owners could rent out their homes only twice a year, for less than 28 days. After that they have to apply for a $300 conditional-use permit.
The owners of the properties argue they have a legal right to rent their property out as they choose. Two spoke at Thursday night's city council meeting.
The city council couldn't be convinced this ordinance is the right solution, but didn't kill the idea outright.