GREEN BAY, Wis. — It may not be long before the Green Bay Packers are playing a regular-season game in London as part of the NFL’s International Series. However, Packers season-ticket holders can rest assured that it won’t be in place of a game at Lambeau Field.
"We would never give up a home game," team president and CEO Mark Murphy said. "It’s too important for the community. But I would be excited about having the chance to play in London. I think our fans here would love to travel to London, and I think it’d be a great experience."
There was potentially going to be a game in 2012 between the Packers and St. Louis Rams in London, but the Rams instead ended up "hosting" the New England Patriots.
"We travel so well that teams are reluctant to give up a home game against the Packers to play in London because it’s typically a guaranteed sellout," Murphy said. "That was the situation with St. Louis a few years ago. They were scheduled to play in London but they didn’t want to move the Packer game to London because they knew our fans would travel so well to St. Louis."
Looking ahead to the 2016 season, the Packers are scheduled to play a game in Jacksonville against the Jaguars when the schedule rotation has Green Bay next lined up with AFC South teams. The Jaguars have an agreement in place to host a game in London from 2012 through 2016.
"I think the league would like the Packers to play in London," Murphy said. "I think we’re a very unique organization that I think across the pond they might find interesting to learn a little bit about the Packers."