It's a town synonymous with names from that other football, like Vince Lombardi and Brett Favre, but officials from Green Bay/Brown County, Wisc., believe that soccer would be a big hit in Cheesehead territory. Yep, that's right, both the Green Pay Packers and area tourism organizations are planning to meet with U.S. Soccer about bringing the national team to Lambeau Field.
"It's a very, very good event for this kind of stadium," said Greg Kuehl, programming coordinator for the Stadium District. "We even have the type of grass now that's used at soccer stadiums." William Vande Castle, legal counsel for the Stadium District, added: "There would be great interest here. The ideal time would be mid- to late June when the Green Bay invitation soccer tournament is held. We could be talking visiting dignitaries and an internationally televised event." Depends on who the national team is hosting -- the likes of Ecuador and Costa Rica wouldn't generate much interest, for example.
Vande Castle said he wants to alternate hosting the men's and women's teams once a year. But would Lambeau ever get to host a World Cup qualifier? If the experiment is a success, perhaps sometime after 2010.