Packers’ Mark Murphy ‘Confident’ Green Bay Will Host NFL Draft in 2025 or 2027
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Despite missing out on the 2024 NFL draft, Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy is optimistic the city will host the event at some point in the near future.
During a shareholders meeting on Monday (h/t Sports Illustrated‘s Bill Huber), Murphy said he is “confident” Green Bay will be the draft’s host site in either 2025 or 2027.
“We’ll be given strong consideration,” he added. “We’ve been close on other ones, too.”
Murphy told reporters last week the city was bidding to host the draft in 2025 and 2027, with the expectation it will be picked for one of them.
After 50 years of the NFL draft being held in New York City, the NFL began taking the event on the road starting in 2015. Chicago; Philadelphia; Arlington, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; Cleveland; and Las Vegas are previous host sites of the event.
Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, is scheduled to host the 2023 draft. Green Bay, Detroit and Washington D.C. were the three finalists for the 2024 draft. The league announced in March that Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza in Detroit won the bidding.
Huber noted that recent expansion around Lambeau Field has put the Packers in a “strong position” to host draft weekend.
The Resch Expo Center, located one block away from the Packers’ home stadium, opened in January 2021.
According to Huber, the Titletown District is a “sprawling complex of offices, condos and green space” that also recently hosted a Jason Derulo concert.
According to Adam Staten of Newsweek, since the league started taking the draft on the road, host cities from 2015 to 2021 combined to generate a total of $500 million to their local economies during the three-day event.
The Packers are one of the most iconic franchises in North American pro sports. They are the NFL’s third-oldest team, joining the league in 1921 after the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals (both in 1920) and are one of six teams with at least four Super Bowl titles.
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