The NFL Draft hasn’t had a consistent location for the last few years and it will be changing once again next year. It was announced on Thursday that the 2017 NFL Draft will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The news came from city mayor Jim Kenney Thursday afternoon and it is a big deal for the city. The draft will be held from April 27-29 next year.
“Philadelphia is a passionate football town and will serve as a tremendous backdrop for the Draft and provide a great atmosphere for our fans and incoming players,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “Jeffrey Lurie has been a strong advocate and supporter of the draft on behalf of the City of Philadelphia throughout the entire selection process. We look forward to working with the Philadelphia Eagles, the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) to create a week-long celebration of football for our fans.”
This is the third different city to host the draft in the last four years. The 2015 and 2016 drafts were held in Chicago after spending the last 50 years in New York City.
There is no indication if Philly will be the host into the future, but a number of cities are already throwing their name into the hat to host future drafts. Dallas, Atlanta, Green Bay and Jacksonville are among the several names to announce their desire to host drafts into the future.
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