Packers to host 2016 NFL Draft events in Green Bay, Chicago & you're invited

GREEN BAY -- The Green Bay Packers are set to host two different events to celebrate the 2016 NFL Draft, a pep rally on the first day of the Draft in Chicago, and a party on the third day of the Draft in Green Bay.

Both events are free to the public and space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at each location.

The pep rally in Chicago will be held at Will’s Northwoods Inn for Round 1 of the Draft, April 28, with a program beginning at 7:30 p.m. A familiar venue for Packers fans, Will’s hosted a Packers Everywhere pep rally during the 2014 season.

Packers alumni Gary Ellerson, Mark Chmura, Mark Tauscher and Frank Winters will be present at the rally and will sign autographs.

Lambeau Field’s 1919 Kitchen & Tap will host the Draft party April 30, with the restaurant opening at 10 a.m., and a program beginning at 11 a.m. On-air talent from WIXX will be on hand to help host activities during Round 4 and Round 5 of the NFL Draft.

Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy will participate in the program at 1919 Kitchen & Tap, along with alumni Jerry Kramer and Dave Robinson, who will sign autographs for fans in the Atrium. Giveaways, raffle prizes and special menu items at 1919 Kitchen & Tap also will be available for attendees.

Each event will include draft coverage on TV screens throughout each venue, and will provide Wi-Fi Internet access, allowing attendees who bring wireless-enabled laptops and mobile devices to log on to their favorite draft websites and follow the action online.

The NFL Draft features a three-day format, with Round 1 beginning at 7 p.m. CT, on Thursday, April 28, followed by Rounds 2-3 beginning at 6 p.m. CT Friday, April 29, and Rounds 4-7 beginning at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, April 30.

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