CLEVELAND TO HOST 2021 NFL DRAFT

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CLEVELAND TO HOST 2021 NFL DRAFT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 22, 2019

2021 NFL DRAFT TO BE HOSTED IN CLEVELAND

Expansive Draft Celebration and Free Fan Festival Planned at Iconic Downtown Locations, on Lakefront

The NFL announced today 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."

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.

"We are incredibly honored to be able to showcase the City of Cleveland and the passion of Browns fans through the unique international platform the NFL Draft provides," said DEE and JIMMY HASLAM. "This is an exceptional opportunity for Northeast Ohio that even extends beyond football, and we look forward to continuing the work ahead with Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, the City of Cleveland, Destination Cleveland and the NFL to ensure that the 2021 NFL Draft is truly memorable for Northeast Ohio and football fans across the world."   

 "The City of Cleveland welcomes the 2021 National Football League Draft," said MAYOR FRANK G. JACKSON. "We are home to the Cleveland Browns and well-known as a city with passionate sports fans. Visitors will find Cleveland has an unmatched ability to provide Midwestern warmth and hospitality coupled with the amenities found in other major cities. We look forward to hosting the Draft and once again showcasing Cleveland's ability to organize successful, world-class events."

"Cleveland is honored to be selected as the host city for the 2021 NFL Draft and we are excited to once again show the world that this city can set a standard for hosting some of the world's largest events," said DAVID GILBERT, President and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. "This event will provide international media exposure and has proven to provide more than $100 million in economic impact to the host city. We look forward to showing NFL fans across the nation how Cleveland throws a party. Being awarded the 2021 NFL Draft wouldn't have been possible without the unwavering commitment of the Cleveland Browns, the support of the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, the State of Ohio and so many others who helped make this a reality. As Cleveland continues to shine in the national spotlight with the unique opportunity to host four major sporting events over the next six years, including the Draft, we are proud of this achievement which few destinations are able to accomplish."

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.

The 2020 NFL Draft will be held in Las Vegas.

DRAFT LOCATION HISTORY

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 UniversityChicago
2017Benjamin Franklin ParkwayPhiladelphia
2018AT&T StadiumDallas
2019Downtown NashvilleNashville
2020Las Vegas Boulevard and Surrounding AreasLas Vegas
2021Downtown ClevelandCleveland
2022TBDTBD
2023Downtown Kansas CityKansas City

 

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