Cleveland finally got the call.
The NFL on Wednesday announced the city will host the 86th NFL Draft in 2021.
“Cleveland has a passionate fan base and the city offers distinctive iconic locations and attractions that will bring the NFL Draft experience to fans in unique and exciting ways,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a release. “We look forward to collaborating with the Cleveland Browns, the City of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Destination Cleveland to celebrate the achievements of the next generation of players and create a memorable fan experience.”
The league also announced Kansas City will host the event in 2023. Both cities had been finalists to host in 2020 before the honor went to Las Vegas ahead of the Raiders’ first season in their new city.
“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,” Goodell said. “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.”
— NFL (@NFL) May 22, 2019
Get ready Cleveland …
The @NFL Draft is coming in 2021!
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) May 22, 2019
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) May 22, 2019
A record-breaking 600,000 people descended on Nashville to attend the draft last month. In comparison, 250,000 people attended the 2017 event in Philadelphia.
An average of 6.1 million viewers were tuned in at any given time as the 2019 draft unfolded, also a record.
The league still has not set a site for the 2022 draft.