NFL announces 2025 Draft coming to Green Bay

The onstage video screens display "The Pick Is In" for the Green Bay Packers during the 2023...
Published: May. 22, 2023 at 4:20 PM CDT|Updated: May. 23, 2023 at 9:20 AM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - NFL announced the 2025 NFL Draft will be coming to Green Bay. The Green Bay Packers confirmed the announcement in a news release Monday.

“The NFL announced today that the 2025 NFL Draft will take place in Green Bay inside and around iconic Lambeau Field and Titletown,” a statement from the Packers said.

The announcement was made at the NFL Spring League Meeting in Minneapolis.

“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.”

“This is an incredible day for the Packers, Greater Green Bay and the entire state of Wisconsin as we are excited and honored to be selected to host the 2025 NFL Draft,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “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. 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.

While details of the 2025 NFL Draft are still being finalized, the Packers said the main portion of the event is expected to take place on the Lambeau Field and Titletown campus, with a variety of venues to be utilized within close proximity to the stadium 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.”

More information about the 2025 NFL Draft, including venue information, staffing and volunteer opportunities, and other ways to get involved, will be posted as the event approaches on the Packers’ website.

“Wisconsin has long been a premier sports destination and hosting the NFL draft in Green Bay is yet another legendary experience we’re proud to add to the list,” said Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Anne Sayers. “This is a huge opportunity to drive economic impact while helping sports fans from near and far make countless memories as they discover the unexpected in Wisconsin. Beyond the excitement of the draft itself, it’s an opportunity for Wisconsin to show off our world-class hospitality, fresh spin on food and drink, and countless activities to round out a trip exploring the greater Green Bay area.”

In a joint statement Tuesday, State Representative David Steffen (R-Green Bay) and State Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) said they submitted a formal motion requesting that the state allocate $2 million in the biennial budget to offset costs associated with the Green Bay Packers hosting the 2025 NFL Draft.

The joint statement said the draft is expected to provide a $94 million economic boost to the state, $20 million of which will directly benefit Green Bay. Hosting the draft is estimated to cost the Packers $7.5 million. The Packers will contribute roughly $5.5 million through their own funding and through the help of partner organizations; the request submitted by Rep. Steffen and Sen. Cowles will garner state funding to cover the remaining balance.

The NFL Draft has become one of the biggest sporting events of the year. According to the Packers news release, the 2023 Draft in Kansas City last month welcomed more than 312,000 fans and had more than 54 million viewers over the course of the three-day event.

The next NFL Draft will take place in Detroit on April 25-27, 2024.