Notre Dame, Wisconsin discussing series

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

According to Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune, Notre Dame and Wisconsin may be on their way to renewing what has been a dormant football rivalry.

A Wisconsin-Notre Dame series would be apropos for Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez, a Notre Dame assistant coach under Lou Holtz from 1987 to '89.

We're talking two Midwest football powers with massive fan bases in Chicago, meeting at the home of the Bears.

Notre Dame has a strong history at Soldier Field.

Whispers of a potential season series between Notre Dame and Wisconsin have finally gained traction. Northwestern and IL met there in 2015, and the 61,500-seat stadium was half-empty.

The first game between Wisconsin and Notre Dame came in 1990, the Irish lead the series 8-6-2.

Wisconsin last played at Soldier Field in 2011, beating Northern Illinois.

The sides have tried to hammer out a series before. The Fighting Irish are 10-0-2 all-time at the venue, having most recently crushed Miami there, 41-3, back in 2012. Both schools were reportedly in talks for a series in 2009 that targeted the 2012 to 2015 timeframe but no game was ever scheduled.

Speaking in general terms about college teams playing at the stadium, Soldier Field general manager Tim LeFevour cited recruiting and marketing benefits plus "the experience" players get from playing in a pro facility.

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