Packers Bidding on Hosting 2021 or 2022 NFL Draft

-- The Green Bay Packers are once again hoping to play host to the NFL Draft in the foreseeable future.

Team president and CEO Mark Murphy told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday that the Packers are bidding on hosting the spectacle in 2021 or 2022. He mentioned that there are plans for a new expo hall, which Murphy said would be "critical for hosting a draft."

The Packers have tried in the past to host drafts, however, their small market makes it a tall feat to accomplish. They could've placed a bid to host the 2019 draft (Nashville, Tennessee holds the honors), which would've been ideal given they're celebrating 100 seasons in 2018-2019. But hosting such an event would come with slight complications.

There aren't exactly an abundance of hotel rooms in Green Bay at the moment -- roughly 4,500 -- and the aforementioned expo hall won't be opened until right around the time frame Murphy is aiming for.

"It would be a matter of what the NFL wants within proximity of Green Bay," Brad Toll, president of the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, said after last year's draft.

The expo hall is replacing the 59-year-old Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena just east of Lambeau Field. It isn't expected to be operational until 2022.

This still leaves the likelihood that Green Bay hosts a Super Bowl well out of reach. The freezing weather in February wouldn't be ideal for fanfare, nor is Green Bay as prominent of a city such as New Orleans, Miami, Dallas or Atlanta, and vendors could have all kinds of problems generating revenue.

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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May 23, 2018 at 02:05 am

this would be fun

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May 23, 2018 at 03:35 am

Now, Zachary, that is the article I'm interested in. What is new in Packers organization and related to Packers!

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May 23, 2018 at 12:57 pm

I'm going to start writing about food instead and then you'll really be sorry

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May 23, 2018 at 07:03 am

The # of rooms in GB is not a big deal, I wouldn't think. 4500 rms = 140 per team. Given how the draft is spread out over 3 days, it would not be a major issue to drive from Madison, Appleton or Mke. The small market might be a hurdle but it is a small one.

The biggest thing is having an indoor venue of the correct size/amenities to host the actual event, I have to think.

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4EVER's picture

May 23, 2018 at 09:32 am

Build it, and they will come...

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May 23, 2018 at 08:35 pm

What better place to hold an NFL draft than in Titletown USA. Go Pack Go!!

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