Green Bay Packers home games in Milwaukee

Though the city currently has no National Football League team, Milwaukee[1] is considered a home market[2] for the Green Bay Packers.[3] The team split its home schedule[4] between Green Bay and Milwaukee from 1933 to 1994, with the majority of the Milwaukee games[5] being played at Milwaukee County Stadium.[6][7]

The Packers played games in Milwaukee to attract more fans and revenue while the team's then-official home, City Stadium, remained inadequate compared to other NFL venues. Threats by the league to relocate the Packers permanently to Milwaukee caused the team to replace City Stadium with Lambeau Field. The Packers then regularly renovated Lambeau Field until changes completed in 1995 made it more lucrative for the team to remain in Green Bay full time.

The 1939 Championship between the Packers and the New York Giants was played at State Fair Park[8] in what is currently known as the Milwaukee Mile. The Packers won, 27-0. A 1931 championship against the Portsmouth Spartans was also scheduled for Milwaukee, but was called off. The Packers final post-season game in Milwaukee was a 1967 divisional playoff against the Los Angeles Rams which the Packers won 28-7. They went on to capture their last NFL Championship and Super Bowl victory under Vince Lombardi.

The Packers maintain two separate season ticket plans, reflecting their time spent in Milwaukee: Gold package holders, made up largely of former Milwaukee season ticket holders, have a three-game package consisting of the annual Midwest Shrine preseason contest plus the second and fifth regular-season home games each year; Green package holders (made up of original Green Bay ticket holders) attend the annual Bishop's Charities preseason game and the remaining six regular-season contests.[9]

Milwaukee BadgersEdit

The Milwaukee Badgers played in the National Football League from 1922 to 1926.[10] The team played its home games at Athletic Park, later known as Borchert Field, on Milwaukee's north side.

After the team folded following the 1926 season (largely due to being left broke because of a $500 fine by the NFL for using four high-school players in a 1925 game against the Chicago Cardinals, a game arranged after the Badgers had disbanded for the season),[11] many of its members played for the independent semi-pro Milwaukee Eagles. Some of the players from this team went on to play for the NFL's Pittsburgh Pirates in 1933. This has led some to mistakenly believe that either the Badgers or Eagles became the Pittsburgh Steelers.

StadiumsEdit

Although City Stadium in Green Bay was the Packers' official home field, in 1933[12] they began to play some of their home games in Milwaukee to attract more fans and revenue.[13] After hosting one game at Borchert Field in 1933,[14] the Packers played two or three home games each year in Milwaukee, at Wisconsin State Fair Park from 1934–1951, Marquette Stadium in 1952,[13] and Milwaukee County Stadium from 1953–1994., after which the Packers moved back to Green Bay permanently.[15]

The infield of the quarter-mile dirt infield track at the Mile near the current media center was also the location of a football stadium, informally known as the Dairy Bowl.[16] It hosted the Green Bay Packers from 1934 through 1951, including the NFL championship game in 1939, a 27–0 shutout of the New York Giants on December 10 to secure a fifth league title.[17][18][19]

Marquette Stadium[20] hosted three games during the 1952 season; Packers games in Milwaukee were moved to nearby Milwaukee County Stadium when it opened in 1953.[21]

During this period, the issue of a new stadium in Green Bay began to surface. City Stadium was an inadequate facility, seating only 25,000. Players also had to use the locker rooms at the local high school. The Packers' status in Green Bay became unstable.[22] With City Stadium greatly outdated, and more and more opponents asking for their games against the Packers to be played in Milwaukee,[23] the NFL required the Packers to build a new stadium if they wanted to stay in Green Bay.[24] The Packers and the city of Green Bay complied, building a brand-new 32,000-seat stadium, naming it New City Stadium (currently known as Lambeau Field). The new stadium was dedicated in a 1957 game against the Chicago Bears, with many celebrities attending, including actor James Arness, NFL commissioner Bert Bell, vice president (and future U.S. president) Richard Nixon, and Bears coach George Halas.[citation needed] The Packers won the game, 21–17, but finished the season 3–9.

The Packers played two to four home games per year[25] at Milwaukee County Stadium from 1953[26] to 1994,[27][28] Milwaukee County Stadium hosted at least one pre-season game annually during this time as well (except 1983), including the Upper Midwest Shrine Game. By 1995, multiple renovations to Lambeau Field made it more lucrative for the Packers to play their full home slate in Green Bay again for the first time since 1932.[21] Former Milwaukee ticket holders were offered tickets at Lambeau to one pre-season game and the second and fifth home games of the regular season schedule, in what is referred to as the "Gold package." Meanwhile, the "Green package" (for the original Green Bay ticket holders) consisted of the other preseason home game and the six remaining regular season home games.

Milwaukee County Stadium was partly responsible for Lambeau Field's existence, as it was not only intended to lure an MLB team to Milwaukee (which it successfully did in when the Boston Braves moved to Milwaukee from 1953-1965 before moving again to Atlanta; and again in 1970, when the Seattle Pilots moved to Milwaukee and became the Brewers), but also to lure the Packers to Milwaukee full-time.[citation needed] As originally constructed, Milwaukee County Stadium was double the size of the Packers' then-home, New City Stadium.[29]

The Minnesota Vikings[30] (15 times) were the Packers' most frequent foe at Milwaukee County Stadium, as the Packers would traditionally host at least one divisional rival from the NFC Central in Milwaukee each season. Only once, however, did the Packers play the Chicago Bears, their primary rivals, in a regular-season game in Milwaukee, defeating the Bears 20–3 in 1974.[31]) On November 26, 1989, a Milwaukee County Stadium record crowd of 55,592 saw the Packers beat the Vikings, 20–19.[21] The Packers' final game in Milwaukee was a 21–17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on December 18, 1994;[32] with 14 seconds left, the winning 9-yard touchdown run was scored by quarterback Brett Favre.[33][34][35] Despite no longer playing games in the city, the Packers flagship newspaper and radio have remained the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Milwaukee-based WTMJ-AM, respectively.

The Packers hosted one NFL playoff game at Milwaukee County Stadium,[36] in 1967, defeating the Los Angeles Rams[37] 28–7 in the Western Conference championship game.[38][39][40][41][42] It was the first year that the NFL playoffs expanded to a four teams, and Green Bay had home field advantage for both rounds, then awarded by rotation. Each subsequent playoff game has been played at Lambeau Field.[43]

Following the unsuccessful effort to lure the Packers to Milwaukee full-time, in 1965 city officials tried to lure an American Football League expansion team to play at Milwaukee County Stadium, but Packers head coach Vince Lombardi invoked the team's exclusive lease as well as sign an extension to keep some home games in Milwaukee through 1976.[44] Nonetheless, city officials still pursued an AFL franchise, possibly to play at Marquette Stadium, but the AFL–NFL merger effectively quashed any chances of Milwaukee landing its own team.[44]

Milwaukee County Stadium was built primarily for baseball, creating issues for football games. The playing surface was just barely large enough to fit a football field, which ran parallel with the first base line. The south end zone extended onto the warning track in right field, while the north end zone extended into foul territory on the third-base side.[32][45] Both teams occupied the east sideline on the outfield side, separated by a piece of tape, to give the majority of seats an unobstructed view. At its height, it seated less than 56,000 for football—just over the NFL's minimum seating capacity—and many seats had obstructed views or were far from the field. Over the years, upgrades and seat expansion primarily benefited Milwaukee's baseball teams.

ResultsEdit

1930sEdit

Season Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1933 October 1 New York Giants L 7–10 Borchert Field 12,467
1934 September 30 New York Giants W 13–9 State Fair Park 12,000
November 18 Chicago Cardinals L 0–9 State Fair Park 3,000
1935 October 13 Chicago Cardinals L 0–3 State Fair Park 13,000
October 20 Detroit Lions W 13–9 State Fair Park 12,000
1936 October 4 Chicago Cardinals W 24–0 State Fair Park 11,000
October 25 Pittsburgh Pirates W 42–10 State Fair Park 10,000
1937 October 10 Chicago Cardinals W 34–13 State Fair Park 16,181
November 14 Philadelphia Eagles W 37–7 State Fair Park 13,340
1938 September 25 Chicago Cardinals W 28–7 State Fair Park 18,000
October 16 Brooklyn Dodgers W 35–7 State Fair Park 11,892
1939 October 8 Chicago Cardinals W 27–20 State Fair Park 18,965
October 29 Washington Redskins W 24–14 State Fair Park 24,308
1939
Playoffs
December 10 New York Giants W 27–0 State Fair Park 32,379

1940sEdit

Season Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1940 September 29 Chicago Cardinals W 31–6 State Fair Park 20,234
October 27 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–3 State Fair Park 13,703
1941 September 21 Cleveland Rams W 24–7 State Fair Park 18,463
October 5 Chicago Cardinals W 14–13 State Fair Park 10,000
October 12 Brooklyn Dodgers W 30–7 State Fair Park 15,621
1942 October 11 Detroit Lions W 38–7 State Fair Park 19,500
December 6 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–21 State Fair Park 5,138
1943 October 17 Washington Redskins L 7–33 State Fair Park 23,058
November 14 Chicago Cardinals W 14–7 State Fair Park 10,831
1944 September 17 Brooklyn Tigers W 14–7 State Fair Park 12,994
October 1 Detroit Lions W 27–6 State Fair Park 18,556
1945 October 7 Detroit Lions W 57–21 State Fair Park 20,463
October 21 Boston Yanks W 38–14 State Fair Park 20,846
1946 October 6 Los Angeles Rams L 17–21 State Fair Park 27,049
October 27 Detroit Lions W 10–7 State Fair Park 23,564
1947 October 5 Los Angeles Rams W 17–14 State Fair Park 31,613
October 19 Washington Redskins W 27–10 State Fair Park 28,572
November 2 Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–18 State Fair Park 30,073
1948 October 10 Chicago Cardinals L 7–17 State Fair Park 34,369
October 24 Washington Redskins L 7–23 State Fair Park 13,433
November 21 New York Giants L 3–49 State Fair Park 12,639
1949 October 16 Chicago Cardinals L 17–39 State Fair Park 18,464
October 30 Detroit Lions W 16–14 State Fair Park 10,855
November 20 Pittsburgh Steelers L 7–30 State Fair Park 5,483

1950sEdit

Season Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1950 September 24 Washington Redskins W 35–21 State Fair Park 14,109
November 12 Los Angeles Rams L 14–45 State Fair Park 13,196
1951 October 7 Pittsburgh Steelers W 35–33 State Fair Park 8,324
October 21 Los Angeles Rams L 0–28 State Fair Park 21,393
1952 October 5 Washington Redskins W 35–20 Marquette Stadium 9,657
October 12 Los Angeles Rams L 28–30 Marquette Stadium 21,693
November 2 Philadelphia Eagles W 12–10 Marquette Stadium 10,149
1953 September 27 Cleveland Browns L 0–27 Milwaukee County Stadium 22,604
October 11 Los Angeles Rams L 20–38 Milwaukee County Stadium 23,353
November 22 San Francisco 49ers L 7–37 Milwaukee County Stadium 16,378
1954 October 4 San Francisco 49ers L 17–23 Milwaukee County Stadium 15,571
October 17 Los Angeles Rams W 35–17 Milwaukee County Stadium 17,455
November 13 Baltimore Colts W 24–13 Milwaukee County Stadium 19,786
1955 October 8 Baltimore Colts L 20–24 Milwaukee County Stadium 40,199
November 20 San Francisco 49ers W 27–21 Milwaukee County Stadium 19,099
1956 October 14 Baltimore Colts W 38–33 Milwaukee County Stadium 24,214
October 21 Los Angeles Rams W 42–17 Milwaukee County Stadium 24,200
November 4 Cleveland Browns L 7–24 Milwaukee County Stadium 28,590
1957 October 13 Baltimore Colts L 17–45 Milwaukee County Stadium 26,322
October 20 San Francisco 49ers L 14–24 Milwaukee County Stadium 18,919
November 17 Los Angeles Rams L 27–31 Milwaukee County Stadium 19,540
1958 November 23 San Francisco 49ers L 12–33 Milwaukee County Stadium 19,786
1959 October 18 Los Angeles Rams L 6–45 Milwaukee County Stadium 36,194
November 15 Baltimore Colts L 24–28 Milwaukee County Stadium 25,521

1960sEdit

Season Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1960 October 23 San Francisco 49ers W 41–14 Milwaukee County Stadium 39,914
November 20 Los Angeles Rams L 31–33 Milwaukee County Stadium 35,763
1961 September 17 Detroit Lions L 13–17 Milwaukee County Stadium 44,307
October 29 Minnesota Vikings W 28–10 Milwaukee County Stadium 44,112
December 3 New York Giants W 20–17 Milwaukee County Stadium 47,012
1962 September 23 St. Louis Cardinals W 17–0 Milwaukee County Stadium 44,885
October 21 San Francisco 49ers W 31–13 Milwaukee County Stadium 46,010
December 2 Los Angeles Rams W 41–10 Milwaukee County Stadium 46,833
1963 September 22 Detroit Lions W 31–10 Milwaukee County Stadium 45,912
November 3 Pittsburgh Steelers W 33–14 Milwaukee County Stadium 46,293
1964 October 11 San Francisco 49ers W 24–14 Milwaukee County Stadium 47,380
October 25 Los Angeles Rams L 17–27 Milwaukee County Stadium 47,617
November 22 Cleveland Browns W 28–21 Milwaukee County Stadium 48,065
1965 September 26 Baltimore Colts W 20–17 Milwaukee County Stadium 48,130
October 24 Dallas Cowboys W 13–3 Milwaukee County Stadium 48,311
November 14 Los Angeles Rams W 6–3 Milwaukee County Stadium 48,485
1966 September 10 Baltimore Colts W 24–3 Milwaukee County Stadium 48,650
October 23 Atlanta Falcons W 56–3 Milwaukee County Stadium 48,623
December 4 San Francisco 49ers W 20–7 Milwaukee County Stadium 48,725
1967 October 1 Atlanta Falcons W 23–0 Milwaukee County Stadium 49,467
October 15 Minnesota Vikings L 7–10 Milwaukee County Stadium 49,601
November 12 Cleveland Browns W 55–7 Milwaukee County Stadium 50,074
1967
Playoffs
December 23 Los Angeles Rams W 28–7 Milwaukee County Stadium 49,861
1968 September 22 Minnesota Vikings L 13–26 Milwaukee County Stadium 49,346
October 13 Los Angeles Rams L 14–16 Milwaukee County Stadium 49,646
November 17 New Orleans Saints W 29–7 Milwaukee County Stadium 49,644
1969 September 28 San Francisco 49ers W 14–7 Milwaukee County Stadium 48,184
November 16 Minnesota Vikings L 7–9 Milwaukee County Stadium 48,321
November 30 New York Giants W 20–10 Milwaukee County Stadium 48,156

1970sEdit

Season Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1970 October 4 Minnesota Vikings W 13–10 Milwaukee County Stadium 47,967
October 25 Philadelphia Eagles W 30–17 Milwaukee County Stadium 48,022
November 9 Baltimore Colts L 10–13 Milwaukee County Stadium 48,063
1971 September 26 Denver Broncos W 34–13 Milwaukee County Stadium 47,957
November 1 Detroit Lions T 14–14 Milwaukee County Stadium 47,961
November 28 New Orleans Saints L 21–29 Milwaukee County Stadium 48,035
1972 October 1 Dallas Cowboys W 16–13 Milwaukee County Stadium 47,103
October 22 Atlanta Falcons L 10–9 Milwaukee County Stadium 47,967
November 5 San Francisco 49ers W 34–24 Milwaukee County Stadium 47,897
1973 September 17 New York Jets W 23–7 Milwaukee County Stadium 47,124
December 2 New Orleans Saints W 30–10 Milwaukee County Stadium 46,092
1974 September 29 Detroit Lions W 21–19 Milwaukee County Stadium 47,292
October 13 Los Angeles Rams W 17–6 Milwaukee County Stadium 47,499
November 10 Chicago Bears W 20–3 Milwaukee County Stadium 46,567
1975 September 21 Detroit Lions L 16–30 Milwaukee County Stadium 52,613
October 26 Pittsburgh Steelers L 13–16 Milwaukee County Stadium] 52,815
November 23 New York Giants W 40–14 Milwaukee County Stadium 50,150
1976 October 10 Seattle Seahawks W 27–20 Milwaukee County Stadium 54,983
November 7 New Orleans Saints W 32–27 Milwaukee County Stadium 52,936
November 21 Minnesota Vikings L 10–17 Milwaukee County Stadium 53,104
1977 October 9 Cincinnati Bengals L 7–17 Milwaukee County Stadium 53,653
November 13 Los Angeles Rams L 6–24 Milwaukee County Stadium 52,948
December 18 San Francisco 49ers W 16–14 Milwaukee County Stadium 44,902
1978 September 10 New Orleans Saints W 28–17 Milwaukee County Stadium 54,336
October 1 Detroit Lions W 35–14 Milwaukee County Stadium 54,601
October 15 Seattle Seahawks W 45–28 Milwaukee County Stadium 52,712
November 12 Dallas Cowboys L 14–42 Milwaukee County Stadium 55,256
1979 September 9 New Orleans Saints W 28–19 Milwaukee County Stadium 53,184
October 14 Detroit Lions W 24–16 Milwaukee County Stadium 53,930
November 11 Minnesota Vikings W 19–7 Milwaukee County Stadium 52,706

1980sEdit

Season Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1980 September 14 Detroit Lions L 7–29 Milwaukee County Stadium 53,099
September 28 Dallas Cowboys L 7–28 Milwaukee County Stadium 54,776
November 9 San Francisco 49ers W 23–16 Milwaukee County Stadium 54,475
November 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 17–20 Milwaukee County Stadium 54,225
1981 September 27 Minnesota Vikings L 13–30 Milwaukee County Stadium 55,012
October 18 San Francisco 49ers L 3–13 Milwaukee County Stadium 50,171
November 8 New York Giants W 26–24 Milwaukee County Stadium 54,138
1982 September 12 Los Angeles Rams W 35–23 Milwaukee County Stadium 53,694
November 21 Minnesota Vikings W 26–7 Milwaukee County Stadium 44,681
December 5 Buffalo Bills W 33–21 Milwaukee County Stadium 46,655
1983 September 18 Los Angeles Rams W 27–24 Milwaukee County Stadium 54,037
November 6 Cleveland Browns W 35–21 Milwaukee County Stadium 54,089
November 20 Detroit Lions L 20–23 (OT) Milwaukee County Stadium 50,050
1984 October 21 Seattle Seahawks L 24–30 Milwaukee County Stadium 52,286
November 11 Minnesota Vikings W 45–17 Milwaukee County Stadium 52,931
November 18 Los Angeles Rams W 31–6 Milwaukee County Stadium 52,031
1985 September 22 New York Jets L 3–24 Milwaukee County Stadium 53,667
October 13 Minnesota Vikings W 20–17 Milwaukee County Stadium 54,674
November 17 New Orleans Saints W 38–14 Milwaukee County Stadium 52,104
1986 October 5 Cincinnati Bengals L 28–34 Milwaukee County Stadium 51,230
October 26 San Francisco 49ers L 17–31 Milwaukee County Stadium 50,557
November 16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–7 Milwaukee County Stadium 48,271
1987 September 20 Denver Broncos T 17–17 (OT) Milwaukee County Stadium 50,624
November 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 17–23 Milwaukee County Stadium 50,308
December 13 Minnesota Vikings W 16–10 Milwaukee County Stadium 47,059
1988 October 9 New England Patriots W 45–3 Milwaukee County Stadium 51,932
October 23 Washington Redskins L 17–20 Milwaukee County Stadium 51,767
November 20 Detroit Lions L 9–19 Milwaukee County Stadium 44,327
1989 October 1 Atlanta Falcons W 23–21 Milwaukee County Stadium 54,647
October 29 Detroit Lions W 23–20 (OT) Milwaukee County Stadium 53,731
November 26 Minnesota Vikings W 20–19 Milwaukee County Stadium 55,592

1990sEdit

Season Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1990 October 28 Minnesota Vikings W 24–10 Milwaukee County Stadium 55,125
November 25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20–10 Milwaukee County Stadium 53,677
December 9 Seattle Seahawks L 14–20 Milwaukee County Stadium 52,015
1991 October 6 Dallas Cowboys L 17–20 Milwaukee County Stadium 53,695
November 10 Buffalo Bills L 24–34 Milwaukee County Stadium 52,175
November 24 Indianapolis Colts W 14–10 Milwaukee County Stadium 42,132
1992 November 15 Philadelphia Eagles W 27–24 Milwaukee County Stadium 52,689
November 29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 19–14 Milwaukee County Stadium 52,347
December 6 Detroit Lions W 38–10 Milwaukee County Stadium 49,469
1993 September 5 Los Angeles Rams W 36–6 Milwaukee County Stadium 54,648
November 21 Detroit Lions W 26–17 Milwaukee County Stadium 55,119
December 9 Minnesota Vikings L 21–17 Milwaukee County Stadium 54,773
1994 September 11 Miami Dolphins L 14–24 Milwaukee County Stadium 55,011
November 6 Detroit Lions W 38–30 Milwaukee County Stadium 54,995
December 18 Atlanta Falcons W 21–17 Milwaukee County Stadium 54,885

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