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Packers and Raiders in discussions to play week 3 preseason game in Canada

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Packers and Raiders in discussions to play week 3 preseason game in Canada

Packers president Mark Murphy announced Thursday morning on Wilde and Tausch that the Packers and Raiders are in discussions to play their week 3 preseason game in Canada. The last time the Packers played an international game was in 1998 in Japan, when they were the defending Super Bowl Champions. 

It's "still up in the air. But it's a possibility that we would either play in Saskatchewan or Winnipeg," said Murphy. 

However if the discussions fall through, the game will likely be played at Lambeau, said Rich Ryman. 

 

 

 

Ryne Ryskoski is a staff writer for Cheesehead TV and attends Texas A&M University where he is majoring in journalism in hopes to one day write for a pro sports team. He can be contacted directly through twitter @rusty_ryskoski_.

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Since '61's picture

Will they play with CFL rules on a CFL field? Thanks, Since ‘61

Klincker's picture

No, and no.
My guess, is that they scrub down the field that has the CFL lines on it, and re-paint with NFL field lines, logos, etc.

Since '61's picture

I was only kidding. I know they won’t use CFL rules.
Since ‘61

Klincker's picture

HA! My mistake...I was on a roll with replies on this subject. Wasnt thinking clearly ;)

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IceBowl's picture

Canada has football (their version).

Seems like a financial risk. But preseason??? Who knows??

Klincker's picture

To me, if the 3rd pre-season game is the dress rehearsal, why have 90 man rosters sent up to Winnipeg? It would just be easier to have the game in the US on a field already set up for NFL football. I feel for the Raiders fans in Oakland, they are getting the short end of the stick on this one.

Coldworld's picture

The Raiders don’t care about Oakland or their fan base. I’m sure part of this is trying to curry favor with the league related to their move to Las Vegas, which hasn’t gone all that smoothly. We all know internationalization is a pet project.

In real terms, adjusting the field won’t be an issue. From the perspective of location, interesting that Winnipeg is in the center of Canada (east to west) and Seskatchewan is the next Province west. Is it that the Las Vegas Raiders think they can pull fans in that area?

Alberta would be Seattle more logically. The nearest team to Winnipeg or Seskatchewan would be the Vikings, so it could be wide open for real football fans looking for an NFL fix. I wonder if we see that as fertile territory too or whether our say is limited to logistical concerns about the facilities etc.

I think the stadiums only hold about 30 to 35,000. Perhaps that’s plenty for a Raiders preseason game. Winnipeg is a much bigger place, pop about 750,000). Regina is not all that much bigger than Green Bay, a little over a couple of hundred thousand. I would think Winnipeg would therefore be more likely from a logistical perspective.

It’s not our game. If it can be organized smoothly let’s showcase the Packers.

Klincker's picture

I live in Winnipeg. I dont think this will happen. I dont have any inside information as to whether it will or wont. I think the field can be prepared in plenty of time, but I dont know if we have the hotel capacity for 90 man rosters, team officials, NFL officials, media, etc., on somewhat short notice. We do have hotels, but I dont know if there are two hotels that can host an entire team for 2 nights, and be up to the NFL standards for rooms.

Coldworld's picture

Is Winnipeg Packers country?

Klincker's picture

Yes...but there are more Vikings fans.

sonomaca's picture

Hey, this is the game where starters play for awhile. This field had better be in VERY good condition.

Ryan B Dub's picture

PreSeason Football A?

VApackerfan's picture

At first I missed the "pre-season" part of it and almost panicked. Thanks Roger G! You're the best!

mamasboy's picture

What the hell for??????????????

IceBowl's picture

Internationalism.

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