GREEN BAY – There are rumblings that after 50 years in a row, the NFL draft may move out of New York City.
And if that is the case, Green Bay leaders are making a push for Titletown. The draft was in Milwaukee in 1940.
The NFL says Green Bay is one of several cities that have expressed an interest.
Since 2006, Radio City Music Hall has played host to the days-long bonanza.
“I think, when you look at 2016, I mean it’s going to be a different city,” said Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt.
Schmitt says different enough that the draft could easily be held in the city known for Lambeau and Lombardi.
“I just think the city should be on the short list,” said the mayor Thursday afternoon.
So, theoretically, if Green Bay were to hold the draft, where could it go? Well, Lambeau Field clearly has enough seats – but not necessarily the right type of set up. Well, just down the road is the Resch Center.
“Probably the only place to do it, cause Radio City Music Hall has the capacity of 6,000-7,000 people for a general show,” said Terry Charles, who is with PMI Entertainment Group, which manages the Resch. “Our general capacity is 10,500.”
Charles says the Resch is the only sizable candidate for hosting the draft. But he admits a big question remains. Can Green Bay accommodate the lodging and event space needs?
“That’s something that’s hard for us to know, what the NFL would require,” said Charles. “Even in this building quite frankly.”
“We’re requesting, right now from the Packers and the NFL what the actual specs are,” said Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Brad Toll, adding those efforts started this last week.
Toll says Brown County has about 4,400 hotel rooms, with nearly 1,000 considered “full service” – meaning the hotel has an attached restaurant.
“We know we can seat the group,” said Toll. “We just need to know what they need for meeting space and what their hotel requests are.”
A Packers spokesperson there is no formal bidding process to host NFL draft. Because of that, the team is looking to see what information is available.