Curly's Pub To Have Specials And Activities Entire Three Days Of NFL Draft
**Curly’s Pub** at the Lambeau Field Atrium will be the Green Bay Packers' official 2010 NFL Draft weekend headquarters, highlighted by an April 22, Thursday night party that will feature appearances by Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, GM Ted Thompson and Head Coach Mike McCarthy, along with other Packers personnel and players.
The Thursday night party is free to the public and space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with party activities beginning 5 p.m.
This year's NFL Draft features a new, three-day format, with Round 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m. CDT, April 22, Rounds 2-3 beginning at 5 p.m. April 23, and Rounds 4-7 beginning at 9 a.m. April 24.
"The Draft's format change provided us the opportunity to utilize Curly's Pub as the place to welcome Packers fans and create a smaller-scale, energized environment to host the party," said Kate Hogan, the Packers' director of retail operations and coordinator of the event. "We'll have many of the same features that made our previous parties popular with fans, but with the new dynamics marked by the prime-time kickoff, we felt this new arrangement would be a more appropriate setting.
"It will be free admission, and our fans will hear directly from Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy about the Draft, as well as from some of our players. We'll have contests and prizes, similar to past parties, too. We are excited about the new setup and are looking forward to hosting fans all three days."
In addition to Thursday night's party for Round 1, Curly's Pub will have food and drink specials, as well as contests and prizes, for the remaining rounds, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday night, April 23, and at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24.
The weekend will feature draft coverage on TV screens throughout Curly's, in both the pub and dining room, and the Packers' broadcast partners, Newsradio 620 WTMJ and WFRV-TV, will be on hand Thursday night with Wayne Larrivee, Larry McCarrenand Bill Michaels providing coverage and analysis, as well as interviews with Packers staff and players.
Other features of the Draft weekend at Curly's Pub include:
• First-round draft pick contest, where a successful prediction of the Packers' first-round selection will garner the winner a football signed by the Packers' 2010 No. 1 pick. One winner will be drawn from all qualified winning entries.
• Draft Day Challenge, an online draft pick contest that calls for participants to pick the top five players chosen in the draft, plus the Packers' No. 1 selection. Prize package to the winner valued at $500. One winner will be drawn from all qualified winning entries.
• Free entry for a chance to win other door prizes, including autographed Packers items, during all three days of the draft.
Curly's Pub features Wi-Fi Internet access allowing attendees who bring wireless-enabled laptops to log on to their favorite draft Web sites and follow the action online.
More information can be found online at www.packers.com/draft_party.