Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy has publicly discussed his ambition for his team to host a multitude of league events. While a Super Bowl at Lambeau Field remains an extremely unlikely scenario, the prospect of holding the draft in Green Bay remains at least somewhat plausible. During his media availability during last week's owners meeting, Murphy discussed the idea at length.
"We've put some thought into it," Murphy said of Green Bay hosting an NFL draft to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "I think with Titletown being up and running then, it'd be a nice way to showcase some of the things we've done to Lambeau Field and around the stadium."
For decades, New York City served as the exclusive home of the NFL draft. However, the annual event has bounced between cities over the past few years, with Chicago hosting the last two drafts and Philadelphia set to host the 2017 edition at the end of April. Though far smaller than either of those locations, Green Bay does have the facilities to make it a viable option, at least in Murphy's eyes.
"I think (the hotel space is) certainly not what you'd need for a home game or a Super Bowl," Murphy said. "Lodge Kohler would be -- having a nice hotel would probably help -- not that we don't have other nice hotels. So we'll see. I keep my fingers crossed, but I'd say it's probably a long shot."
The Packers reportedly submitted paperwork to host in 2019, '20, and '21. Whether the team and the city develop the required hotel space and amenities could go a long way towards making Green Bay a future destination for the NFL draft.