Where is the NFL Draft? The 2022 Location and Previous Host Cities – NBC Chicago
Where is the NFL Draft? The 2022 venue and previous host cities originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
the NFL Draft, one of the league’s most anticipated nights of the year, is set to kick off April 28 in Las Vegas. Players will descend on Allegiant Stadium with their professional dreams at stake as teams hope to land future stars.
This event, bringing together America’s most popular sport with the entertainment capital of the world, has been in the works for nearly two years.
Learn more on how Las Vegas won the right to host the event and where they are in NFL Draft history.
Where is the 2022 NFL Draft?
the NFL Draft is heading to Las Vegas for the first time in league history, but what happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas as millions of fans tune in to see what future stars their teams might land.
League commissioner Roger Goodell will take the stage at Allegiant Stadium from April 28. Technically in Paradise, Nevada, an unincorporated town adjacent to Las Vegas, Allegiant Stadium is home to the Raiders and UNLV Rebels.
the the first round is April 28followed by the second and third rounds on April 29. The draft will conclude with rounds four through seven on April 30.
How many times has Las Vegas hosted the NFL Draft?
It might come as a surprise to some given the entertainment hub that is Las Vegas, but this is the first time the NFL Draft has taken place in Nevada. If it were up to the league, it wouldn’t have been.
The NFL originally planned to host the 2020 Draft in Las Vegas with elaborate plans that involved a red carpet, the Bellagio Hotel and players being escorted to and from the main stage by boat. This was also designed to match the Raiders’ move from Oakland to Las Vegas.
But as the world shut down amid the initial COVID-19 outbreak, the NFL followed suit, canceling all draft-related events by March 16. Instead, front offices and players logged on virtually to make their picks.
How does the NFL decide where to host the NFL Draft?
Bidding to host the NFL Draft is not unlike the Olympics or the World Cup – build your case, submit a bid and hope the votes fall on you.
Each year, cities lobby for the chance to host the event, and the decision ultimately comes down to a vote among the owners of the 32 NFL teams.
Which city has hosted the most NFL drafts?
New York has always owned the NFL Draft and it’s not even close. The Big Apple has hosted one of the league’s biggest events 57 times, including an unbroken 50-year span from 1965 to 2014.
In the eight years since his departure from New York, the NFL has traveled to five different cities to host the draft, including debutants Dallas, Nashville and Cleveland. Dallas, however, hosted the AFL Draft from 1961 to 1963.
Here is the full list of cities that hosted the NFL Draft:
- New York (57)
- Philadelphia (12)
- Chicago (10)
- Milwaukee (1)
- Washington D.C. (1)
- Pittsburgh (1)
- Los Angeles (1) – Rounds 1-3 of the 1956 NFL Draft were held in Philadelphia, followed by rounds 4-30 in Los Angeles
- Dallas (1)
- Nashville (1)
- Cleveland (1)
2022 will only be the third time draft rounds have been held west of the Mississippi River, adding Las Vegas to a list that includes Los Angeles and Dallas.
Who organizes the 2023 and 2024 NFL Drafts?
Kansas City is next on the board in 2023, building on the recent trend of mid-size markets hosting the event for the first time in league history. On March 28, the NFL announced that it had selected Detroit as its pick for the 2024 draftchoosing Motor City over Green Bay, Wisconsin and Washington.
No hosts have been selected for the 2025 draft.
Tune in to the 2022 NFL Draft starting April 28 on ESPN and ABC.