After being held exclusively at Radio City Music Hall in New York until 2014, the NFL Draft has become quite the traveling road show over the years. Over the past few years, the annual selection meeting has been held in Chicago, Philadelphia, and most recently in Dallas, with numerous other NFL cities having put in bids to be able to host it themselves.
While the league has not announced where the 2019 and 2020 NFL Drafts will be held yet, apparently a few leaders have emerged as potential destinations, according to ESPN.
The five primary contenders that have been established as potential destinations are a joint bid between Cleveland and Canton, Ohio, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, and Nashville. According to the ESPN report, Nashville is the leading contender to host for 2019, though the other four destinations are apparently in the running for the 2020 affair.
The Minnesota Vikings have put in a bid to host the NFL Draft. . .in either 2022 or 2023. As we know, U.S. Bank Stadium just hosted the Super Bowl, and is next set to host the 2018 Summer X Games, as well as the NCAA Men’s Final Four this coming April. The stadium was also put in as a potential destination for the 2020 College Football National Championship Game, but that was denied. Hopefully, at some point, the stadium will get that game. . .or, at the very least, the B1G Conference Title Game.
Honestly, with as awesome as U.S. Bank Stadium is, I’d be surprised if the draft wasn’t held in the Twin Cities at some point. Given that the event happens in April, it would even be safe for most of the media folks to make the trip, since they wouldn’t have to whine about how cold it is every five minutes or so like they did during Super Bowl week (when they were, no doubt, spending extended periods of time outdoors). But, if it does happen, it isn’t going to be for a few years yet.