The Irish and Badgers are playing the back half of a two-game series that was supposed to start last year with a game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Lambeau is a unique experience in sports. Taking advantage of an opportunity to play a big college game there makes sense.
Soldier Field has some history, but it’s not quite the same. It is a good spot for both schools’ fans to converge.
Still, it would be far more fun if this game was in Madison, Wisconsin, or South Bend, Indiana.
As for Texas A&M and Arkansas, the Southeastern Conference rivals have been playing at the home of the Dallas Cowboys since 2009 with a few exceptions — including last year when it was moved to College Station, Texas, because of the pandemic.
The contract with AT&T Stadium runs through the 2024 season. Both schools have said they would like to get that game back on campus.
The neutral site game is not going away in college football. They provide some value in recruiting and brand building and they can be fun road trips for players, who get to play in NFL stadiums.