The NFL announced on Monday that its 2025 NFL Draft will be held in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the home of the Packers.
The league previously held drafts in New York City between 1965 and 2014 but decided to shake things in recent years. The 2023 NFL Draft was held in Kansas City, Missouri, while the 2024 NFL Draft is set to be hosted in Detroit, Michigan.
“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,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Green Bay will be the smallest city to host the draft in the history of the NFL, with a population of 106,095, according to the most recent data. For comparison, more than 300,000 people attended the 2023 NFL Draft festivities.
The Packers tried to get the hosting of the draft for quite some time and were in the running for 2024 before Detroit was selected. This is likely the only major event that Green Bay can host, as the city’s infrastructure is considered unsuitable for Super Bowl despite having arguably the most legendary stadium in NFL Lambeau Field.
“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,” said Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy. “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.”