Green Bay bidding to host 2024 NFL draft

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Green Bay is making progress in its attempt to host a future NFL draft.

Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy told shareholders in a virtual meeting that Green Bay is a “finalist” to host the 2024 draft, according to WTMJ.

Green Bay had been considered a strong candidate to host the 2022 draft, but when Las Vegas lost the 2020 draft because of the pandemic, the 2022 draft was awarded to Las Vegas instead. The 2021 draft is in Cleveland and the 2023 draft is in Kansas City.

The NFL has turned the draft into a traveling road show, and it has become a major tourist event that several cities want to host. Green Bay has been angling for the draft for years, and 2024 may be the time.

40 responses to “Green Bay bidding to host 2024 NFL draft

  1. That would be fantastic.

    Obviously, Green Bay can’t host a Super Bowl and stuff like that, but it would be really cool to see a big event like this in a great NFL city.

  2. That’s only 4 years from now. No way will this pandemic be even close to over..

  3. Great way to keep the top draftees out of trouble, take them to a town that shuts down at 8pm.

  4. The spanky new ginormous Convention center being built just across the street to the East of Lambeau would be plenty big enough to host it. Plus the ongoing new Titletown District on the West end of Lambeau would provide enough green space for outdoor needs.

    No place would be better than the holy grail of football known as Lambeau Field. We were all in hopes it would be here in 2022 but Covid ruined that and Vegas got bumped into the slot.

  5. It’s all about timing.

    Rodgers will be traded by then and Love will flame out in one year. This way GB can show off the #1 pick in the 2024 draft. Unfortunately they’ll probably reach for a OL.

  6. I hope that GB gets the NFL draft, it’s a good idea. They can’t host a SB ever so they should host the NFL draft. I might show up in Vikings purple.

  7. Green Bay is nothingville. Do it in Washington— Nation’s capital, seat of power, monuments, phenomenal and storied football franchise. What’s not to like!

  8. The Packers wouldn’t have put a proposal for consideration together if they hadn’t already determined they could handle it.

    Brad Toll, president of the Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the 600,000 figure in Nashville was over three days and double- and triple-counted attendees who went each day. It would still be one of the largest events ever held in Green Bay.

  9. GB….lol…….What are they going to draw, 80k maybe? Where are they all going to stay?

  10. the17thearlofoxford says:
    July 23, 2020 at 7:23 pm
    Philly should do it every year.

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    I went to the draft in NY a few times and it was a pretty good time and I love NYC, but the draft in Philly was just a better overall experience. I don’t know about the other cities that hosted the draft, but Philadelphia did a great job with it. Anyone who talks trash about Philly obviously has never been there…

  11. The draft is in April? Good, you Green Bay people will be down to three layers of clothes by then.

  12. “But, why?”

    The why is $$$$$.you do realize just how many people attend the NFL draft do you not.why should the big city hotels,restaurants and bars get all the rewards of the draft while little Green Bay gets left on the outside looking in every year.because of the smaller size of Green Bay means many cities in the vicinity of GB will also benefit tremendously from the draft being held there.what better place to hold the draft than in the place it all began so many years ago.

  13. I love the NFL but the intense interest in the draft just baffles me. I simply dont have the time or interest to spend two days in front of the tv watching it when the selections are immediately made available via the internet. I know I’m in the minority here and as for all the people that take time off to travel to the draft city to “be there.” Really? Seriously?

  14. The only problem I see with GB is logistics. It’s about 4 hrs from O’Hare and MKE doesn’t have a ton of destination/flight options. With all the players, their families and personnel that needs to be present to make the draft happen, it could be a real challenge.

  15. The Green Bay area has less than 5,000 hotel beds. Assuming every bed holds 2 people, that’s less than 10,000.

    Visiting NFL teams don’t even stay in Green Bay (for good reason). They stay in Appleton – over 30 miles away.

    Not everyone wants to stay at the Motel 6 or EconoLodge.

  16. B D says:
    July 24, 2020 at 8:56 am
    The only problem I see with GB is logistics. It’s about 4 hrs from O’Hare and MKE doesn’t have a ton of destination/flight options. With all the players, their families and personnel that needs to be present to make the draft happen, it could be a real challenge.

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    I’m not sure flight logistics would be that big a deal. Then again, I’m not sure that it wouldn’t be a big deal either.

    The Packers fly in and out of Austin Straubel International Airport which is actually in Ashwaubenon (I think “International” really only means they have enough runway space for the really big planes, but here too I could easily be mistaken).

    American, Delta, Frontier and United fly in and out of Austin Straubel with direct flights to and from Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis and Orlando.

  17. Flying from my closest airport to Green Bay can take over 10 hours – Rochester to Minneapolis to Detroit to Green Bay. A flight without the Detroit trip can still be 7.5 hours. There are only 3 different departure times available. Two of the return flight options are over 8 hours.

    This may be part of the logistic problem that B D was referring to.

    FWIW – It’s a only a 4.5 hour drive.

  18. gtodriver says:
    July 24, 2020 at 11:30 am
    Flying from my closest airport to Green Bay can take over 10 hours – Rochester to Minneapolis to Detroit to Green Bay. A flight without the Detroit trip can still be 7.5 hours. There are only 3 different departure times available. Two of the return flight options are over 8 hours.

    This may be part of the logistic problem that B D was referring to.

    FWIW – It’s a only a 4.5 hour drive.
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    I may be going out on a limb here, and I certainly don’t want to spoil your fun when it’s time to bag on Green Bay and the Packers, but maybe…..just hear me out now……maybe, with such a big local event scheduled, Austin Straubel would plan to increase more direct flights from major cities (Rochester excluded) that week.
    I mean, I know it’s a kooky idea, and I may be just spitballing here. 😂

  19. Why would anyone fly from Rochester to Minneapolis TO DETROIT to Green Bay when Minneapolis is one of the airports ASI lists as direct flight destinations?

    And why only 10 hours? You could make it a whole lot longer if you went Rochester to Minneapolis to Atlanta to Chicago to Denver to Orlando to Detroit to Green Bay. That’d show me!

  20. Cabbage

    That is one of the options listed for Rochester to Green Bay. I didn’t create that itinerary myself – it’s one of the options. Departing at a different time, it still can take up to 7.5 hours without going to Detroit. I only looked at what the airline showed for a flight from Rochester to Green Bay.

    If I wanted to be bizarre, I would have looked for a Rochester to Atlanta to Detroit to New York to Chicago to Green Bay.

    Austin Straubel doesn’t schedule the flights – the airlines do. Delta, United, American and Frontier don’t really care about Green Bay. It’s one of hundreds of small cities they fly into and not worth the effort to start bringing direct flights in for one weekend from other major cities.

    They’ll settle for filling their existing flights and call it a day.

  21. I seriously doubt attendance at the NFL draft would be an issue in Green Bay. Say what you want about Pack fans, but cheesers love their football. The issue isn’t really attendance as much as logistics. Would have to be mostly day-trippers with lots of outdoor food options, cause I think the Applebees has a capacity of 127.

  22. I don’t understand the fascination with the draft, especially in-person, no matter where it’s held.

  23. purpleguy says:
    July 24, 2020 at 2:45 pm
    I seriously doubt attendance at the NFL draft would be an issue in Green Bay. Say what you want about Pack fans, but cheesers love their football. The issue isn’t really attendance as much as logistics. Would have to be mostly day-trippers with lots of outdoor food options, cause I think the Applebees has a capacity of 127.
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    Two Applebees in gb, without the famous waiting list

  24. Logistical nightmare. Too few hotels, lack of good restaurants and nightlife. Lambeau is worth a visit but this is not a destination city you want to spend 3 days in.

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