The Packers have applied to be the host city for the NFL Draft in 2019, 2020 and 2021, President/CEO Mark Murphy announced at the team’s annual shareholders’ meeting on Thursday.
The Packers previously applied for the honors when the NFL first announced that it would be rotating the draft around the country instead of holding it at Radio City Music Hall in New York City every year.
In the end, the NFL selected Chicago to host the 2015 and 2016 drafts. Philadelphia currently appears to be the front-runner for 2017.
While Green Bay might not be able to match the major metropolitan cities in hotels or conference centers, the Packers are hoping to use their history and tradition to entice the league to bring the draft to Green Bay.
“The league is still kind of feeling things out,” said Murphy to reporters after Thursday’s meeting. “I think the league is going to move it around. It really depends on what the priorities are for the league – is it just to generate revenue and room nights? I think we might be at a disadvantage.
“But we’re very unique across the league in terms of the kind of support you have within the community. I think particularly with some of the improvements and changes we’ve made to the stadium, I think that would be good to showcase.”
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