The City of Brotherly Love gets some love from the NFL.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney announced Thursday that Philadelphia will host the 2017 draft held April 27-29.
“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,” Goodell said in his announcement, per NFL.com. “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.”
It’s the first time the daft has been in Philadelphia since 1961.
The league has held the draft in Chicago for the past two years. Philadelphia is the third different venue for the draft in the last three years. New York was the NFL’s draft locations for 50 years before moving the event to Chicago in 2015.
A host of other cities are vying for the draft in 2018 and beyond. The Dallas Morning News reported that that AT&T Stadium is in the running to host the three-day event in 2018.
Green Bay, Detroit, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, Jacksonville, Canton, Ohio, Pittsburgh and Atlanta have all discussed securing the draft in upcoming years.