NFL announces list of draft locations through 2023

The first draft was held in 1936 at the Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia and 84 years later the NFL Draft will touch down in Las Vegas for the first time ever.

The 2020 NFL Draft is less than a year away and will help usher in the Raiders new home. While this has been public knowledge for some time, early Wednesday afternoon the NFL announced that the 86th NFL Draft will take place in Cleveland in 2021 and will bring fans together for free celebrations at iconic downtown locations around FirstEnergy Stadium, including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as well as on the shore of Lake Erie.

The announcement was made today at the annual Spring League Meeting in Key Biscayne, Fla. following a review of the proposal by the Super Bowl & Major Events Advisory Committee and full ownership.

"Cleveland has a passionate fan base and the city offers distinctive iconic locations and attractions that will bring the NFL Draft experience to fans in unique and exciting ways," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "We look forward to collaborating with the Cleveland Browns, the City of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Destination Cleveland to celebrate the achievements of the next generation of players and create a memorable fan experience."

In addition to the city of Cleveland hosting the NFL Draft in 2021, the NFL also announced that the city of Kansas City would host the 2023 NFL Draft, but 2022 is to be determined.

As part of the event, the free NFL Draft Experience–a massive free football festival – will enable fans of all teams to participate and test their football skills, enjoy interactive exhibits and autograph sessions, and take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Draft Experience will be open all three days of the event.

The NFL Draft has become one of the biggest and most-anticipated sporting events of the year. The 2019 Draft reached new heights and record numbers as the highest-rated and most-watched Draft ever, eclipsing previous records set in 2018. The 2019 Draft was broadcast over three days and attracted more than 47.5 million total viewers and over 600,000 in attendance. The NFL Draft achieved a combined 3.9 HH rating and average of 6.1 million viewers across the broadest distribution including NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, as well as NFL and ESPN digital and social properties.

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DraftLocationCity
1936Ritz-CarltonPhiladelphia
1937Hotel LincolnNew York
1938Hotel ShermanChicago
1939Hotel New YorkerNew York
1940Schroeder HotelMilwaukee
1941Willard HotelWashington, D.C.
1942-44Palmer HouseChicago
1945-47Hotel CommodoreNew York
1948Hotel Fort PittPittsburgh
1949-50Bellevue-Stratford HotelPhiladelphia
1951Blackstone HotelChicago
1952Hotel StatlerNew York
1953-54Bellevue-Stratford HotelPhiladelphia
1955Warwick HotelNew York
1956Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 1-3)Philadelphia
Ambassador Hotel (Rounds 4-30)Los Angeles
1957Warwick Hotel (Rounds 1-4)Philadelphia
Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 5-30)Philadelphia
1958-61Warwick HotelPhiladelphia
1962-64Sheraton HotelChicago
1965-66Summit HotelNew York
1967Hotel GothamNew York
1968-71Belmont Plaza HotelNew York
1972Essex HouseNew York
1973-74Americana HotelNew York
1975Hilton HotelNew York
1976-78Roosevelt HotelNew York
1979WaldorfNew York
1980-83Sheraton HotelNew York
1984-85Omni Park Central HotelNew York
1986-94Marriott MarquisNew York
1995-2004Theatre at Madison Square GardenNew York
2005Jacob Javits Convention CenterNew York
2006-2014Radio City Music HallNew York
2015-16Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University / Grant ParkChicago
2017Benjamin Franklin ParkwayPhiladelphia
2018AT&T StadiumDallas
2019Downtown NashvilleNashville
2020Las Vegas Boulevard and Surrounding AreasLas Vegas
2021Downtown ClevelandCleveland
TBDTBDTBD
2023Downtown Kansas CityKansas City

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