History is about to be made at Lambeau Field Saturday.

The franchise will host its inaugural soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Manchester City, with a crowd between 77,000-80,000 in attendance at the NFL’s most hallowed stadium.

Final preparations to the field are being made today for the 6 p.m. match, and organizers hope to fit the game in despite an ominous weather forecast for tomorrow evening.

A few Packers football notes: the team hosts its annual shareholders meeting on Monday and opens training camp Wednesday with a 10:30 a.m. practice open to the public.

Training camp hasn’t even begun, but a former Packer star who now plays for a border rival is stoking the fire for the season-opener on Sept. 11th.

Last Thursday, Za’Darius Smith tweeted a photo of himself and teammate Danielle Hunter standing back-to-back in their Minnesota Vikings uniforms with the date 9/11/22.

The message was clear: the former Packers edge rusher is looking forward to facing the Vikings’ division rival in the regular-season opener at U.S. Bank Stadium as part of arguably one of the NFL’s top pass-rushing duos.

In an interview on the Rich Eisen show in May, Smith commented on seeing Mr. Rodgers in his new Minnesota neighborhood instead of the Ray Nitschke practice field.

“I can’t wait to get a chance to face (Green Bay) in the first game and see that look on Aaron Rodgers’ face when he sees me on the other side of the ball,” Smith said. “. . . It’s going to be a, ‘It’s good to see you again, but now, it’s not at practice.’”

Smith, a two-time Pro Bowler, was released by the Packers in mid-March, clearing more than $15 million in much-need cap space by general manager Brian Gutekunst. Eight days later, he was signed by Minnesota for three years in a reported $42 million deal.

After stellar seasons in 2019 and 2020 with 26 total sacks, Smith dealt with a back injury since the 2021 training camp and only played in the season-opening blowout loss to New Orleans and the disappointing season-ending defeat at home to San Francisco in the NFC Divisional Playoff round.

Hunter, a two-time Pro Bowl selection in 2018-19, missed the entire 2020 season after neck surgery and was limited to just seven games last year before a torn pectoral muscle ended his season. Both Smith and Hunter will be highly motivated to showcase what they can do together in the Vikings’ new 3-4 defensive scheme after their recent injury-plagued seasons. And it begins against Green Bay.