Green Bay named host city for 2025 NFL draft

Richard Ryman
Green Bay Press-Gazette

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The National Football League draft is coming to Wisconsin.

The league awarded Green Bay the 2025 draft during NFL meetings Monday in Minneapolis. It's the culmination of years of effort by the Packers and Discover Green Bay, the local tourism bureau.

The Packers estimate 240,000 people will attend the draft in Green Bay, generating a $94 million economic impact statewide and $20 million locally. Kansas City reported 320,000 visitors for the 2023 draft held in April.

"The Packers have a rich and proud history that goes back to the early days of the NFL and are the only community-owned team," Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said in a written statement. "That connection to our league's heritage combined with the great passion Packers fans will bring will make the draft a memorable event for those in attendance and NFL fans watching around the world."

Fans cheer during the 2023 NFL draft at Kansas City's Union Station.

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In other cities, local organizing groups take the lead in hosting the draft. Because Green Bay is the smallest market in the NFL, by a lot, the Packers will be more involved than other NFL teams normally are.

Murphy credited Gabrielle Dow, Packers vice president of marketing and fan engagement; Brad Toll, president and CEO of Discover Green Bay; and support from community leaders for developing a draft bid acceptable to the NFL.

From 1965 to 2014, the draft was held in New York City, which is also headquarters to the NFL. Chicago hosted the draft in 2015 and 2016, and it was so successful, the NFL made it a rotating event. Other hosts after Chicago were Philadelphia in 2017, Dallas in 2018, Nashville in 2019, Cleveland in 2021 and Las Vegas in 2022. Detroit will host the 2024 draft. The draft was held virtually in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Green Bay draft has a budget of $7.5 million, to which the Packers contributed $1 million, not including the personnel, donated space and other resources they'll put toward the event.

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The draft, which is one of the NFL's tentpole events along with the Super Bowl, takes place over three days — Thursday through Saturday near the end of April. But buildout begins as much as a month in advance.

Green Bay has a physical setup similar to that in Cleveland, which hosted the 2021 draft. Cleveland centered the draft on the Browns' FirstEnergy Stadium, the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Packers would have a similar footprint with the Resch Center/Resch Expo complex, Lambeau Field and the Titletown District.

The Resch Expo and Resch Center are across Oneida Street from Lambeau Field.

The main portion of the event will take place on the Lambeau Field and Titletown campus, with other venues used as needed. More information will be provided as the event nears, with updates on

It's expected that, much like when the Ryder Cup was held near Sheboygan, Wisconsin, hotels from Green Bay to Milwaukee and Madison will host draft attendees. By itself, the Green Bay metro area doesn't have enough hotel rooms to satisfy draft-week requirements.

Nashville had 53,000 hotel rooms in 2019, Las Vegas had 150,000. Green Bay has a few more than 4,600 hotel rooms. Milwaukee has more than 25,000 rooms, according to Visit Milwaukee. Madison has about 11,000 and Appleton-Oshkosh about 5,000. There also are many short-term rental properties, including 850 in the Green Bay market.

While Milwaukee is 90 miles south, travel time to Green Bay wouldn't be much worse than trying to get to downtown Chicago or Philadelphia from their suburbs.

Also Monday, the NFL said Super Bowl LX will be hosted in the San Francisco Bay area in 2026, with the game played at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

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