Mark Murphy: Green Bay will likely host the draft in 2025 or 2027

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The Packers have been trying to bring the NFL draft to Green Bay, and they think they’re getting close.

Packers President Mark Murphy said Monday that although the league has chosen other hosts on the previous occasions when the Packers have tried to get the draft, it’s looking likely in 2025 or 2027.

I feel confident in either ’25 or ’27 we will. We’ll be given strong consideration,” Murphy said, via SI.com. “We’ve been close on other ones, too.”

Murphy said NFL decision-makers love the history around Green Bay, but that as by far the smallest market in the league, the number of hotel rooms is a concern.

“They really like the history and tradition of Lambeau Field and Titletown,” Murphy said. “The number of hotels in Green Bay, that’s the issue. It’s become a big enough event. We’ve included all the way down to Milwaukee that people would be staying. We’ve actually looked at cruise ships [but] I don’t know if the ice would be thawed by then.”

The 2023 NFL draft will be in Kansas City and the 2024 NFL draft will be in Detroit. Murphy said the Packers will not bid to host the 2026 draft because that year they already have a big non-Packers event they’re focusing on, the Wisconsin-Notre Dame game at Lambeau Field.

13 responses to “Mark Murphy: Green Bay will likely host the draft in 2025 or 2027

  1. Was lucky enough to be in Green Bay for a game last year. It is NOT the podunk town that some people believe it is. The area around the stadium is modern and clean, there are plenty of great restaurants, and the airport is very close. A very enjoyable experience.

  2. Green Bay sits at the foot of the Martha’s Vineyard of the Midwest, beautiful Door County. The surrounding area is too small for a SuperBowl (it’ll never happen) but it’s certainly capable of hosting and supporting the draft ceremony. No brainer.

  3. dude, announcing a fist round pick with a light snow would be old school football cool.

  4. stellarperformance says:

    The surrounding area is too small…
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    You are 100% correct.

    No city should host an NFL event if they don’t have the facilities to house those wishing to attend within a 25 mile radius of said event.

    Visiting teams playing at Lambeau Field have traditionally needed to travel to Appleton (30 miles away) to find adequate facilities for just 1 NFL team:

    “A typical visiting team needs 130 to 180 rooms, 10,000 square feet of meeting space, a kitchen that can feed the players and a certain level of security, said Jay Schumerth, senior general manager of the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. Paper Valley, which will host all the visiting teams for the regular season this year, has 388 rooms and 38,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel designates its west wing for teams.”

    That was from an article from packernews in 2016. Maybe there is one new hotel in Green Bay that has the facilities to handle a single NFL team today.

    That said, per the Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, Green Bay only has 4300 hotel rooms.

    Las Vegas is expecting over 1 million visitors for the 2022 NFL draft. A few years back, Chicago had about 600,000. Two people to a room, Green bay can’t handle 10,000.

    Green Bay hotels are maxed out for a regular season NFL game. They can’t support and NFL wide event.

  5. It will be an absolute bust of an event. Green Bay has neither the amenities nor the entertainment available to an extra 300k people for the draft. Also it is still very cold and snowy in Green Bay in April. From someone who lived in the Fox Valley just south of Green Bay for 3 decades, this isn’t going to go over well and is a colossal mistake. Purists will love it, the majority will hate it.

  6. It will be an absolute bust of an event. Green Bay has neither the amenities nor the entertainment available to an extra 300k people for the draft. Also it is still very cold and snowy in Green Bay in April. From someone who lived in the Fox Valley just south of Green Bay for 3 decades, this isn’t going to go over well and is a colossal mistake. Purists will love it, the majority will hate it.

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    Green Bay sits at the foot of the Martha’s Vineyard of the Midwest, beautiful Door County. The surrounding area is too small for a SuperBowl (it’ll never happen) but it’s certainly capable of hosting and supporting the draft ceremony. No brainer.

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    Door County is a snowy mess in April and not at all the place to be outside the summertime. Door County is a nice weather tourist area, not a wintertime one. I’ve witnessed several blizzards middle of May, mush less April.

  7. That is good for Packer fans but what about the fans of 31 other teams? Are they all just suppose to cram in a motel 6?

  8. What?? Green Bay hosting a draft before Minnesota??!!?? In Minnesota, we’re used to also ran status . . .

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