KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – The NFL's draft road show is headed to Kansas City and Cleveland.
To celebrate the Browns' 75th anniversary, the 2021 draft will be held in Cleveland. Two years later, the home of the Chiefs gets its chance.
In recent years, the league has taken the draft out of New York and to Chicago; Philadelphia; Arlington, Texas; and Nashville. Next year it will be in Las Vegas a few months before the Oakland Raiders move there. The site of the 2022 draft has not been determined yet.
Kansas City's draft will take place in the area around Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial, where the Kansas City Royals celebrated their 2015 World Series championship.
"Kansas City and Chiefs Kingdom are thrilled to have been selected by the NFL to host this prestigious event," said Kathy Nelson, President and 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."
“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," Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. “... 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.”
Said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: "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. 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.”
The Browns owners were happy that Cleveland landed the event too.
"This is an exceptional opportunity for Northeast Ohio that even extends beyond football, and we look forward to continuing the work ahead ... to ensure that the 2021 NFL draft is truly memorable for Northeast Ohio and football fans across the world," Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement.