The National Football League has announced the location for the 2020 NFL Draft. While the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft will take place in Nashville, Tennessee, the 2020 NFL Draft will be heading to Las Vegas, Nevada when the Raiders kick off their inaugural in the Sin City.
The location was approved during the Winter League Meeting in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday.
Cleveland/Canton, Kansas City, and Denver were also considered.
“The NFL Draft is one of the most-anticipated events of the year and we are excited to take it to Las Vegas,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement, via NFL.com. “We look forward to working with the Raiders, Las Vegas officials and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to create an unforgettable week-long celebration of football for our fans, the incoming prospects and partners.”
In recent years, the NFL has strayed from tradition and moved the draft out of New York City, where it had been held for years.
In 2015, the NFL Draft moved to Chicago, Illinois which marked the first time since 1965 that the draft was held outside of New York City. It was held at Auditorium Theatre in Grant Part which marked the first draft to feature an outdoor component. The draft returned to Chicago in 2016 after the great reception a year prior. In 2017, the draft shifted to Philadelphia where it was held on the iconic Rocky Steps outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was the most attended draft in NFL history with more than 250,000 fans.
Then, in 2018, the draft was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and it marked more NFL first’s. It was the first time in history that the draft was held in the state of Texas, while also being the first draft to take place in an NFL stadium.
The 2019 NFL Draft will be held April 25-27.
Dates for the 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas will be April 23-25 and the event is expected to be held on and around the Strip.