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Green Bay wants to host a draft, though “it’s probably a long shot”

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With the 2017 NFL Draft being held outdoors in Philadelphia this year, one of the league’s most historic outdoor venues wants in on the action in the future.

Of course, Packers preside Mark Murphy admits “it’s probably a long shot,” the team has still submitted a bid to host a draft in either 2019, 2020 or 2021.

Via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Murphy said they could use the Resch Center (a 10,000-seat indoor venue across the street) if the weather was an issue, but the complicating factor might be the shortage of hotel rooms in the area as they’re developing the property around Lambeau Field.

“We’ve put some thought into it,” Murphy said. “I think with Titletown being up and running then, it’d be a nice way to showcase some of the things that we’ve done to Lambeau Field and around the stadium.”

Murphy acknowledged the competition for future drafts was significant, with Denver, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, and Canton also bidding.

Commissioner Roger Goodell has suggested Green Bay would be a “great place” for the event, but there are plenty of people in line with Wisconsin for the right to host, and their efforts to stir up more interest (i.e. create competition) seem to have worked.

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  1. eatme2259 says: Apr 3, 2017 7:57 AM

    I went to college in Wisc. They are known for hosting a pretty good kegger, but I think hosting the draft would be a stretch.

  2. youngs79 says: Apr 3, 2017 8:01 AM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Good One!

  3. whatjusthapped says: Apr 3, 2017 8:09 AM

    The plain fact of the matter is that Brown County (Green Bay, Ashwaubenon, and Lambeau Field are all within Brown County) has only 3,500 hotel rooms. I’m guessing that is not enough to host the number of visitors for draft weekend.

    But it would be great if it did happen, we could invite all the Viking fans to make the drive over and if their GM didn’t trade away their #1 pick that year, they could join in the excitement and actually see what a Lombardi Trophy looks like.

  4. usedjock says: Apr 3, 2017 8:10 AM

    As a Packers fan I don’t think there is any way the Packers would get the draft. I just think the NFL wants more glamorous places.

    What I don’t get is the hotel room thing. I know we don’t have a ton in the area but somehow they have enough hotel rooms for game weekends but wouldn’t for the draft?

  5. teal379 says: Apr 3, 2017 8:16 AM

    Regardless of what the rather uninformed around here think – GB is a historic franchise with a stadium that consistently ranks at the top for fan experiences.

    The idea that GB can host 90k people on a game weekend but couldn’t host a draft is laughable.

  6. emoney826 says: Apr 3, 2017 8:21 AM

    Not everyone that goes to a game stays in a hotel. The majority go home after. With a draft, there would be so many out of state visitors with nowhere to go.

  7. blowfishes says: Apr 3, 2017 8:22 AM

    Why shouldn’t Green Bay host the draft one year? There are many stadiums that due to one issue or another will never get to host a Superbowl, and those are the cities that should be targeted for the draft – or perhaps the combine.

  8. 81TinaKane says: Apr 3, 2017 8:28 AM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Apr 3, 2017 8:09 AM

    The plain fact of the matter is that Brown County (Green Bay, Ashwaubenon, and Lambeau Field are all within Brown County) has only 3,500 hotel rooms. I’m guessing that is not enough to host the number of visitors for draft weekend.

    But it would be great if it did happen, we could invite all the Viking fans to make the drive over and if their GM didn’t trade away their #1 pick that year, they could join in the excitement and actually see what a Lombardi Trophy looks like.
    ————————————————————-
    This is what living rent free in the oppositions mind looks like folks…

  9. shurmanblog says: Apr 3, 2017 8:30 AM

    Teal379 , thinking many of the 90k come from the surrounding areas that drive in on gameday .

  10. minnesotamuggs says: Apr 3, 2017 8:33 AM

    usedjock says:
    Apr 3, 2017 8:10 AM

    What I don’t get is the hotel room thing. I know we don’t have a ton in the area but somehow they have enough hotel rooms for game weekends but wouldn’t for the draft?

    =========================================

    Game day and draft weekend are not comparable. A TON more people would be traveling to Wisconsin for draft weekend than as visitors for a Packer’s home game…

  11. abninf says: Apr 3, 2017 8:35 AM

    Green Bay has a horrible heroin epidemic and violent crime is way up. Not a place I would want to go to.

  12. upper23 says: Apr 3, 2017 8:39 AM

    I truely dont care, but how many rooms do you actually need.

    Heck they invite 40 players to draft. say a room for him, one for agent, one for family. That’s 120 rooms. 1000 for media and team personnel. I highly doubt hundreds of people from each team travel to the draft. ( if they do they are pathetic anyway and can drive a ways to get to the event )

  13. ariani1985 says: Apr 3, 2017 8:39 AM

    Where at? Applebee’s or the five gas stations?

  14. questionableopinion says: Apr 3, 2017 8:41 AM

    There are enough hotel rooms, you just need to be willing to travel a little further out of Green Bay for them.

  15. ariani1985 says: Apr 3, 2017 8:43 AM

    They could let out the 35,000 inmates at the local prison for the weekend and host it there?

  16. doctorpancake says: Apr 3, 2017 8:49 AM

    Just because you’re a franchise storied with tradition and titles doesn’t mean you have the infrastructure for a modern-day NFL draft.

  17. gtodriver says: Apr 3, 2017 9:01 AM

    usedjock says:

    What I don’t get is the hotel room thing. I know we don’t have a ton in the area but somehow they have enough hotel rooms for game weekends but wouldn’t for the draft?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    usedjock

    Do you expect Roger Goodell, other NFL officials, NFL teams and any broadcast reps to stay in any hotel in Green Bay? There isn’t a single 4 or 5 star hotel.

    The best you’ve got is the Hyatt Regencyor the Radisson Conference Center.

    The “Custom King Suite” at the Hyatt is normally $133.00 a night and the Radisson Conference Center has a “VIP Suite” for $297.00.

    They most likely don’t even have more than a dozen of these rooms.

    Just because Packer fans are happy with a Super 8, doesn’t mean every one is.

  18. originate421 says: Apr 3, 2017 9:02 AM

    Thompson… What a cut up! I know his first round picks over his career are a joke… but I didn’t know he did stand up too.

  19. factschecker says: Apr 3, 2017 9:11 AM

    Heck they invite 40 players to draft. say a room for him, one for agent, one for family. That’s 120 rooms. 1000 for media and team personnel.
    ———-
    Chicago drew 225,000 people for the NFL draft weekend in 2016. Perhaps they could sleep in shifts and cram 25 people into a room. Perhaps park some vans under the bridges down by the river?

  20. kenbender says: Apr 3, 2017 9:16 AM

    Amazing fact, Lambeau Field is one of the largest stadiums for seating capacity and have a large fan base. The number of Hotel rooms within an hour’s drive would be greatly increased if taken time of travel into account.

  21. questionableopinion says: Apr 3, 2017 9:16 AM

    Using Brown County as your measuring stick is ridiculous because it is oddly shaped and conveniently leaves out the Appleton/Oshkosh area, which is where a lot of people stay for Packer games.

    There are a lot of places you could stay in the surrounding 40min-1hr drive area.

  22. fishfootball2017 says: Apr 3, 2017 9:31 AM

    Wouldn’t the Milwaukee area be able to help accommodate?

    I know its about two hours, but stranger travel has been done before for events like this.

    Madison is about two and half hours, so that perhaps as well?

    Wausau, Stevens Point are about one and half hours away as well, could also help.

    Appleton is forty minutes away.

    Also, there might be local people willing to rent to out of town people.

    Maybe I’m wrong and hopeful for a draft in Green Bay, but I think it could be logistically possible. I think it is possible, just need to be creative.

  23. 250dollarnflowner says: Apr 3, 2017 9:31 AM

    I hear the Avery family over in Manitowoc Co has a few spare bedrooms they could rent out!

  24. weepingjebus says: Apr 3, 2017 9:31 AM

    This idea seems one strap short of an overall.

    P.s. You guys drink “apple ale”?

  25. joetoronto says: Apr 3, 2017 9:41 AM

    It would be nice if it were possible, but it’s not.

  26. fishfootball2017 says: Apr 3, 2017 9:45 AM

    questionableopinion says:

    Apr 3, 2017 9:16 AM
    Using Brown County as your measuring stick is ridiculous because it is oddly shaped and conveniently leaves out the Appleton/Oshkosh area, which is where a lot of people stay for Packer games.

    There are a lot of places you could stay in the surrounding 40min-1hr drive area.
    _______________________________________
    I forgot about Oshkosh, yep that’s only about an hour away too. A lot of options between Appleton, Oshkosh, Wausau and Stevens Point areas, as well as even Milwaukee or Madison for the traveler type.

  27. gtodriver says: Apr 3, 2017 9:49 AM

    questionableopinion says:

    blah, blah, blah…
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Your name says it all.

  28. eatme2259 says: Apr 3, 2017 9:50 AM

    usedjock says:
    Apr 3, 2017 8:10 AM
    As a Packers fan I don’t think there is any way the Packers would get the draft. I just think the NFL wants more glamorous places.

    What I don’t get is the hotel room thing. I know we don’t have a ton in the area but somehow they have enough hotel rooms for game weekends but wouldn’t for the draft?

    ///////

    Too funny. Yes Mr. Goodell, while we do not have room service here at the Super 8 we do have a vending machine on every floor.

  29. originate421 says: Apr 3, 2017 9:54 AM

    Questionqbleopinion
    ————————-
    The 31 other teams front offices shouldn’t have to spend 2+ hours round trip between draft days to catch a nap.

  30. cheeseisfattening says: Apr 3, 2017 9:54 AM

    “I think with Titletown being up and running then, it’d be a nice way to showcase some of the things that we’ve done to Lambeau Field and around the stadium.”
    ——————-
    Just like Las Vegas it is good to see Green Bay has put it tax payer’s money to good use.

  31. cheeseisfattening says: Apr 3, 2017 9:56 AM

    Where would people go to eat after Applebees filled up?

  32. eatme2259 says: Apr 3, 2017 9:58 AM

    upper23 says:
    Apr 3, 2017 8:39 AM
    I truely dont care, but how many rooms do you actually need.

    Heck they invite 40 players to draft. say a room for him, one for agent, one for family. That’s 120 rooms. 1000 for media and team personnel. I highly doubt hundreds of people from each team travel to the draft. ( if they do they are pathetic anyway and can drive a ways to get to the event )

    ///////////

    Mary Lou, go get your mama. This dern fool is trying to use one of these new fangeld $100.00 bills to pay for his room.

  33. nyneal says: Apr 3, 2017 9:59 AM

    I love those commenters who have to slam Green Bay or the Packers every chance they get. I actually laugh out loud at the things they write. And it’s fun giving it right back to them.
    Their hatred of Green Bay and the Packers is borne out of jealousy, of course, so you have to feel sorry for them. After all, how would you like to be a Vikings fan and have your team not win a single championship in 55 years?
    As for the draft being held in GB, it doesn’t matter where it’s held, to me. The fact is, someone still has to remind the Vikings to get their picks in on time no matter where it’s held.

  34. eatme2259 says: Apr 3, 2017 10:25 AM

    Sorry nykneal, I was just messing around. I apologize, didn’t know you were this sensitive. But I knew you meant business when you used such a big word like borne. (Used incorrectly though)

  35. truthbetold109 says: Apr 3, 2017 10:42 AM

    The most iconic stadium in all of the NFL would be an awesome place to hold the draft!

    The five star American Club in Kohler is good enough for the top blue bloods in the PGA, I think it can handle the discerning tastes of screaming fans yelling at the draft.

    Silly vikings fans trying to belittle something they envy so badly. It’s like middle school kids.

  36. beedubyatoo says: Apr 3, 2017 10:53 AM

    abninf says:
    Apr 3, 2017 8:35 AM
    Green Bay has a horrible heroin epidemic and violent crime is way up. Not a place I would want to go to.
    ======================
    Right. Definitely not safe like NY and Chicago.

  37. tritz32 says: Apr 3, 2017 10:59 AM

    one of the league’s most historic outdoor venues

    =================================

    “The league’s most historic venue.” Fixed it for you. And it’s not even close.

  38. granadafan says: Apr 3, 2017 11:05 AM

    Lost in all this discussion in bashing or defending Green Bay is the topic of the never ending greed of the NFL. They’re getting cities to bid against each other to PAY the NFL for the right to hold the draft. Taxpayers will be left holding the bill yet again.

  39. billmiller1991 says: Apr 3, 2017 11:07 AM

    Might have a nice vintage throwback appeal. That’s kind of GB’s identity in the league… ‘football how it oughtta be.’ As for accommodations, obviously the area is quite capable of supporting 10-12 NFL games each season… Brown Co. and Fox Valley combined are nearly equal in population to Milwaukee, which is our biggest city.

  40. clear2me says: Apr 3, 2017 11:09 AM

    When I read the head line I thought. Draft? Green Bay, draft beer? why not.

  41. The Phantom Stranger says: Apr 3, 2017 11:12 AM

    questionableopinion says:
    Apr 3, 2017 8:41 AM

    There are enough hotel rooms, you just need to be willing to travel a little further out of Green Bay for them.
    _______

    Yes, like to St. Paul.

  42. frank booth says: Apr 3, 2017 11:16 AM

    eatme2259 says:
    Apr 3, 2017 10:25 AM
    Sorry nykneal, I was just messing around. I apologize, didn’t know you were this sensitive. But I knew you meant business when you used such a big word like borne. (Used incorrectly though)
    ===================================
    From the guy that can’t spell newfangled. It’s strange that you consider anyone who responds to you to be “sensitive”.

  43. stellarperformance says: Apr 3, 2017 12:07 PM

    It’s just a draft, not a SuperBowl. How hard can it be? Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago had it two years in a row, in the school auditorium.

  44. GenXJay says: Apr 3, 2017 12:09 PM

    I just wanna comment with a no comment (lol!).

  45. ruvelligwebuike says: Apr 3, 2017 12:10 PM

    The irony of the “Applebee’s” comments coming from a Minnesotan is just astounding.

    The Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area is the very definition of suburban sprawl. 7 counties of chain restaurants, big box stores and strip malls. It is literally two nice downtowns, 7 counties of Subway restaurants and the rest of the entire state is barren prairie and nothingness no human should ever have to endure.

    Of course, I don’t expect a Minnesotan to understand irony. Or honor, humility, loyalty, character, integrity or any other positive trait exhibited in human beings.

  46. eatme2259 says: Apr 3, 2017 12:13 PM

    frank booth says:
    Apr 3, 2017 11:16 AM
    eatme2259 says:
    Apr 3, 2017 10:25 AM
    Sorry nykneal, I was just messing around. I apologize, didn’t know you were this sensitive. But I knew you meant business when you used such a big word like borne. (Used incorrectly though)
    ===================================
    From the guy that can’t spell newfangled. It’s strange that you consider anyone who responds to you to be “sensitive”.

    //////////

    stellar?

  47. stellarperformance says: Apr 3, 2017 12:26 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Apr 3, 2017 9:54 AM
    Just like Las Vegas it is good to see Green Bay has put it tax payer’s money to good use.
    /////////////////////////////////

    You say that as though all things are equal. Far from it. Of course the taxpayers in Green Bay paid part of it. The tax burden never exceeded $300M, is paid in-full, includes a maintenance annuity through the end-lease in 2023, and they recently returned $17M to the local governments for collections exceeding the maximum amount. Done. Clean. Over.

    The taxpayers in Minnesota, however, are still on the hook indefinitely. Local taxpayers: $498M. City of Minneapolis contribution: $150M. State of Minnesota contribution: $348M. Nearly $1B total…..and counting, if you throw in the escalating maintenance fund (TBD.)

    The Packers costs were off-set by voluntary contributions in the form of purchased souvenir stock certificates. Brilliant. Marketing genius 101.

    It’s the same only in that both entities enjoyed public money. The amounts are not comparable at any level.

    I rate your omission-by-deception: Fake News.

  48. dawgbite says: Apr 3, 2017 12:28 PM

    I think that the draft should be limited to cities that do not receive consideration to host a Super Bowl. Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Chicago, Buffalo, New England, Denver, Kansas City, New York Giants, New York Jets, Oakland, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington. Add in Canton and that’s 17 places.

  49. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Apr 3, 2017 12:41 PM

    That Mark Murphy guy sure has a good sense of humor. Maybe Arnold Ziffel could put everyone up at his barn.

  50. teal379 says: Apr 3, 2017 12:50 PM

    What’s the average fan commute to the draft in NY or Chi?

    That’s your radius for GB.

    Instead of spending 1 hour in NY – you spend an hour commuting from Oshkosh or Door County.

    As far as executives having a long travel time – you honestly don’t believe the NFL wouldn’t simply put them up in the hotel across the street (literally) and let the fans spread out?

  51. linemanguy74 says: Apr 3, 2017 12:59 PM

    Green Bay should use that money to fix streets ,don’t think any work has done on them sense the 1920’s. Also wouldn’t hurt to clean up the city,it is a mess.

  52. abninf says: Apr 3, 2017 1:22 PM

    beedubyatoo says:
    Apr 3, 2017 10:53 AM
    abninf says:
    Apr 3, 2017 8:35 AM
    Green Bay has a horrible heroin epidemic and violent crime is way up. Not a place I would want to go to.
    ======================
    Right. Definitely not safe like NY and Chicago.
    ===================================

    I never mentioned those two cities nor were they referenced in the article.

  53. hehateme2 says: Apr 3, 2017 2:18 PM

    small market are just not welcomed

  54. Bigfoot says: Apr 3, 2017 2:33 PM

    There is no way they get the draft. Green Bay is a dump

  55. universalchurchoftruth says: Apr 3, 2017 3:33 PM

    This article was about Green Bay. Most of the comments focused on Green Bay and the article. But it seems a few Packer trolls feel the need to talk about Minnesota and the Vikings instead. Why are these trolls compelled to make everything about the Minnesota Vikings who are not mentioned in the article nor in non Packer troll comments?

  56. frank booth says: Apr 3, 2017 4:30 PM

    universalchurchoftruth says:
    Apr 3, 2017 3:33 PM
    This article was about Green Bay. Most of the comments focused on Green Bay and the article. But it seems a few Packer trolls feel the need to talk about Minnesota and the Vikings instead. Why are these trolls compelled to make everything about the Minnesota Vikings who are not mentioned in the article nor in non Packer troll comments?======================================
    The second comment is from a Viking troll, Of course, a Viking fan fired the first salvo, but you choose to ignore that.

  57. frank booth says: Apr 3, 2017 4:53 PM

    I’m surprised that Minneapolis hasn’t offered to host. I like Minnesotans, and the majority of them don’t act like the Vikings’ fans on PFT.

  58. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 3, 2017 7:17 PM

    Before they can host a draft, the pack should prove they understand what the draft is. The pack hosting a draft is the same as the Bad News Bears hosting the little league World Series.

  59. questionableopinion says: Apr 3, 2017 7:18 PM

    Someguy says:
    ————————-

    Your name says it all.
    ————————-

    At least I admit that my opinion is questionable.

    originate421 says:
    ————————-
    The 31 other teams front offices shouldn’t have to spend 2+ hours round trip between draft days to catch a nap.
    ————————-

    Obviously the premium rooms actually in Green Bay would be booked by the front office, and I was thinking more that fans and family members would be taking the 40 minute trip to Appleton, which isn’t unreasonable at all. People have probably made similar trips to other draft locations before.

  60. frank booth says: Apr 3, 2017 9:14 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Apr 3, 2017 7:17 PM
    Before they can host a draft, the pack should prove they understand what the draft is. The pack hosting a draft is the same as the Bad News Bears hosting the little league World Series.
    ===================================
    The NFL apparently doesn’t require a team to excel at something in order host it: After all, the NFL is the same organization that allows Minnesota to host Super Bowls.

    Really hung that curve ball out there that time!

  61. originate421 says: Apr 3, 2017 10:17 PM

    Questionbleopinion
    ————————-
    First, drafts aren’t typically hosted on the stadium turf… what exists for covered event space that can host the event? Secondly, its a fan experience too… Chicago had 200k attend their event… how many can Green Bay and Appleton hold together? Most fans will need rides; How many cabs and Ubers will be available to take them back and forth from Appleton for their 3 day pass or will people who had 1 too many be stranded without any ride options or rooms available to rent?

    Their just isn’t the infrastructure in GB to host anything more than a game.

  62. Frazier28/7 says: Apr 3, 2017 11:59 PM

    it’s actually:
    State of MN: $350 Mil
    Mpls: $150 Mil
    Wilfs: $550 Mil ($200 mil nfl stadium loan, $150 PSL sales, $200+ Mil out of pocket)

    but whatever, make up fake news. like 9 fake championship news.

    And I suppose that 2003 Brown County sales tax which barely passed by a 55%-45% to fund the $250 Mil renovation at Lambeau was all done by fake stock as well.

  63. gtodriver says: Apr 4, 2017 7:34 AM

    questionableopinion says:

    Obviously the premium rooms actually in Green Bay would be booked by the front office, and I was thinking more that fans and family members would be taking the 40 minute trip to Appleton, which isn’t unreasonable at all.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    There aren’t any 4 or 5 star hotels in Green Bay – NONE.

    There is one that was designed to be one set to open this summer – Lodge Kohler – but let’s wait for it to actually EARN a 4 star ranking.

    The nearest 5 star lodging is the American Club at Kohler.

    Fans might be willing to travel that far, but the NFL brass won’t.

    truthbetold109 says:
    Apr 3, 2017 10:42 AM
    The most iconic stadium in all of the NFL would be an awesome place to hold the draft!

    The five star American Club in Kohler is good enough for the top blue bloods in the PGA, I think it can handle the discerning tastes of screaming fans yelling at the draft.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    Are you wanting to host the draft in Kohler – 68 miles from Green Bay – or in Lambeau Field?

    You contradict yourself.

    ———————————————-

    FWIW – Wisconsin has hosted one draft – back in 1940. It was held in Milwaukee (the only place in WI that could handle it – even back then) at the historic Schroeder Hotel.

    For those who don’t know the hotel by that name, it was acquired by Ben and Steve Marcus back in 1972 and renamed the Marc Plaza. In 1995 the Marcus Corporation acquired the hotel and it became the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

  64. roastbeefsandwich says: Apr 4, 2017 8:51 AM

    Green Bay had the Badger LSU game this past year, which seemed to be deemed a huge success. LSU traveled in big numbers, and it wasn’t exactly a home game for the Badgers. Hotel rooms were booked for miles around, but honestly, the commute time isn’t any different from large cities with major traffic.

  65. ihavepriors says: Apr 4, 2017 8:54 AM

    Hard to understand how hosting a draft has a significant city financial impact. The draft, along with the Combine, are extremely boring and unwatchable. Fanboys have all day draft parties, I have work to do and read about in the paper while taking care of my family.

  66. gtodriver says: Apr 4, 2017 9:36 AM

    ihavepriors says:

    Hard to understand how hosting a draft has a significant city financial impact.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    When you bring in a quarter of a million people and they stay in hotels, eat in restaurants and go to bars – that equals a huge financial impact.

    And maybe they just might just go shopping and spend some money too…

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