GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — The Green Bay Packers released the NFL announcement that the 2025 NFL Draft will take place in Green Bay in and around Lambeau Field and Titletown.
An announcement was made at the NFL Spring League Meeting in Minneapolis after the Fan Engagement & Major Events Advisory Committee reviewed a submitted proposal.
"The Draft has become a prominent offseason event hosted in different cities with spectacular locations across the country, and we are excited to work with the Packers and Discover Green Bay to bring the 2025 NFL Draft to Green Bay and iconic Lambeau field," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "With the help of numerous local partners on the ground, our prospects and fans will be treated to an incredible week-long experience that shows off the city of Green Bay and the state of Wisconsin."
There has been buzz about Green Bay hosting an NFL Draft for years. The city was passed up for 2024, but bids to bring the draft to the city were put in for both 2025 and 2027.
Brown County, Green Bay and Ashwaubenon each signed off on letters of support to bring the NFL Draft to Green Bay. In the letters, municipalities pledged to cover the costs of various services.
"This is going to be a lift by the entire community," Green Bay Common Council Vice Chair Brian Johnson told reporter Tyler Job. "It's necessary, it's required to see the type of economic impact that this thing will have."
The draft is coming to Wisconsin‼️— Green Bay Packers (@packers) May 22, 2023
Green Bay selected to host 2025 NFL Draft inside & around iconic Lambeau Field & Titletown: https://t.co/iLm6YpmLAo pic.twitter.com/pNePcsi9dh
Details of the 2025 NFL Draft are still being finalized with the main portion of the event expected to take place on the Lambeau Field and Titletown campus.
"We're honored to be entrusted to host one of the NFL's premier events," said Brad Toll, president and CEO of Discover Green Bay. "We're excited to partner with the Green Bay Packers, community leaders and our tourism partners to provide an unparalleled experience for visiting fans. This will be the biggest and most economically significant event in our history."
"We are so excited & honored to be able to host the draft in 2025." #Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy on the NFL Draft coming to Green Bay pic.twitter.com/wiYEiLc4qf— Green Bay Packers (@packers) May 22, 2023
Green Bay would be the smallest city to ever host an NFL Draft with a population of 106,095, according to The Athletic.
Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich sent NBC 26 the following statement:
"Hosting the 2025 NFL draft will be an immense honor and opportunity for the city, region, and state. I'm incredibly grateful to the Packers organization, led by President and CEO Mark Murphy, Discover Green Bay, and our municipal and county partners for making an announcement like this possible. We might be smaller than all other NFL cities, but we know how to shine on the big stage. And we will. Go Pack Go!!"
According to the Green Bay Packers, the 2023 draft in Kansas City last month welcomed more the 312,000 fans and had more than 54 million viewers over the three-day event.
The Packers have estimated about 240,000 fans would attend the draft.
According to Discover Green Bay, the Greater Green Bay area has approximately 4,600 hotel rooms. The Milwaukee area has about 25,000 hotel rooms. The Fox Cities area has about 3,500 rooms for lodging.
More information about the 2025 NFL Draft is to come. The Green Bay Packers say information as the event approaches will be posted on packers.com/draft25.