In a year that will see the Cleveland Browns select number one overall in April’s NFL Draft, the league today announced Cleveland-Canton as a finalist to host the 2019 or 2020 festivities
Two cities will be selected with Kansas City, Tennessee, Denver, and Las Vegas being Northeast Ohio’s direct competition as host cities.
The winners of the two future drafts will be announced during the Spring League Meeting, which takes place from May 21-23 in Atlanta.
Canton is already home to the NFL Hall of Fame and if selected, the region will welcome the three-day annual event that features the country’s top players in pursuit of reaching their professional dreams.
The draft is televised live on NFL Network and ESPN. The first round takes place on Thursday night, second and third rounds on Friday and the remaining four rounds ending on Saturday.
The league’s 100th season will be celebrated in 2019 and Las Vegas will be without a team until the 2020 season when they become home to the Raiders.
Prior to the 2020 draft, Canton will open its $800 million Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village. Combined with Cleveland’s easily navigated downtown space and First Energy Stadium, it makes perfect sense for the region to be awarded its first Draft.