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Green Bay mayor pushes to host NFL Draft

"If there's an NFL city on this planet, it's right here," said Mayor Schmitt

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)-- Drive around the city of Green Bay and football fever is all over—from Heritage Trail statues downtown—to streets named after Lombardi and of course the iconic Lambeau Field, but the mayor is pushing for the city to be known for one more football pastime.

“If there’s a NFL city on this planet it’s right here,” said Mayor Jim Schmitt.

Mayor Schmitt is pushing for Green Bay to host the NFL Draft.

“It’s a whole community that has really built itself around the partnership with the NFL", he said.

New York City’s Radio City Hall is home to the NFL draft but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is considering other alternatives.

Radio City Hall can hold 6,015 people.

Schmitt said the Resch Center, located across the street from Lambeau Field would be a good fit. 

The venue can hold 9,877 people.

On The Richest Eisen Podcast, Goodell said Los Angeles and Chicago have been the most aggressive. 

Both cities could offer larger venues.

Schmitt said Green Bay offers an array of quality hotels and restaurants so the city could accommodate an NFL draft.

He said there’s other details like transportation needs that may have to be tweaked but those adjustments would be minor.

“In terms of a community that’s going to embrace the convention and draft day, there’s nothing better than Green Bay,” he said.

 

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