KANSAS CITY TO HOST 2023 NFL DRAFT

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KANSAS CITY TO HOST 2023 NFL DRAFT

2019 Regular English

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 22, 2019

WE'RE GOING TO KANSAS CITY;

KANSAS CITY, HERE WE COME

KANSAS CITY TO HOST 2023 NFL DRAFT

Draft Celebrations and Free Fan Festival to take place Downtown

The 2023 NFL Draft will take place in Kansas City in the iconic area around Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial and will bring together fans to celebrate one of the most-anticipated sports events of the year, the NFL announced today.

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

"We are excited to work with the Kansas City Chiefs, the City of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Sports Commission to showcase the area for a week-long celebration of football that will be watched by millions of fans," said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. "We know Chiefs fans will come out to celebrate along with thousands of fans from teams around the country for an incredible experience as we welcome the next generation of NFL players."

As part of the event, the NFL Draft Experience  a massive free football festival – will allow 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.

"This is a historic day for Kansas City and Chiefs Kingdom, and we are thrilled to be named the host city for the 2023 NFL Draft. Today's announcement would not have been possible without the tireless work of Kathy Nelson, the Kansas City Sports Commission and the Kansas City civic community. It was a tremendous team effort, and we look forward to continuing to work together to showcase Kansas City on the national stage in 2023. Chiefs Kingdom is home to the most passionate fans in the world, and I know they will make Kansas City proud as the host of one of the NFL's premiere events."

"Kansas City and Chiefs Kingdom are thrilled to have been selected by the NFL to host this prestigious event," says KATHY NELSON, President & CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission. "Hometown pride runs deep in the Midwest. We are excited to show the world our unparalleled passion for sports - especially our passion for professional football. Fans from every corner of the country should look forward to experiencing Kansas City's hospitality, our vibrant food scene, innovative neighborhoods, historic attractions and a whole lot of fun in 2023.  Thank you to our city leaders, our community partners and the Kansas City Chiefs for the collaborative effort in attracting the NFL Draft to our region."

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.

NFL 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 University / Grant ParkChicago
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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