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.
|1937||Hotel Lincoln||New York|
|1939||Hotel New Yorker||New York|
|1941||Willard Hotel||Washington, D.C.|
|1945-47||Hotel Commodore||New York|
|1948||Hotel Fort Pitt||Pittsburgh|
|1952||Hotel Statler||New York|
|1955||Warwick Hotel||New York|
|1956||Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 1-3)||Philadelphia|
|Ambassador Hotel (Rounds 4-30)||Los Angeles|
|1957||Warwick Hotel (Rounds 1-4)||Philadelphia|
|Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 5-30)||Philadelphia|
|1965-66||Summit Hotel||New York|
|1967||Hotel Gotham||New York|
|1968-71||Belmont Plaza Hotel||New York|
|1972||Essex House||New York|
|1973-74||Americana Hotel||New York|
|1975||Hilton Hotel||New York|
|1976-78||Roosevelt Hotel||New York|
|1980-83||Sheraton Hotel||New York|
|1984-85||Omni Park Central Hotel||New York|
|1986-94||Marriott Marquis||New York|
|1995-2004||Theatre at Madison Square Garden||New York|
|2005||Jacob Javits Convention Center||New York|
|2006-2014||Radio City Music Hall||New York|
|2015-16||Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University / Grant Park||Chicago|
|2017||Benjamin Franklin Parkway||Philadelphia|
|2020||Las Vegas Boulevard and Surrounding Areas||Las Vegas|
|2023||Downtown Kansas City||Kansas City|