Canton named finalist for the NFL Draft

Posted February 17, 2018

The 2018 draft will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

The draft blends the passion of college football and NFL fans, leading to a rowdy, entertaining environment.

A general view shows the stage during the during the 2008 NFL Draft
A general view shows the stage during the during the 2008 NFL Draft

David Baker, the president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, shared details with FOX 8 on their pitch to the NFL about why Cleveland-Canton would be a great host site for the Draft.

The league will pick one city to host the draft in 2019 and another in 2020, with the destinations set to be decided at the league's May meeting. Those words could soon be resonating from the steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the cradle of professional football.

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According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Las Vegas is one of six locations considered finalists to host the 2019 or 2020 NFL Drafts. Philadelphia hosted the draft in 2017.

Now that Las Vegas has a NFL franchise, it could be in line to host some of the league's marquee annual events.

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The NFL put the draft in NY in 1965 and held it there until 2015, when scheduling conflicts at Radio City Music Hall prompted the league to leave the Big Apple entirely and go to Chicago in back-to-back years.

The group and the other cities will have until April to submit their final bids to the NFL. "We look forward to making that case to the National Football League owners in May". He acknowledged the biggest game in sports would be a tougher ask, but he felt the city had plenty to offer as a draft town for a few days in the late spring. "I can't imagine we won't be here someday".

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