2018 NFL Draft in Dallas

Cowboys AT&T Stadium first stadium to host 

The 83rd NFL Draft will take place on April 26-28, 2018 at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, marking the first time in history that it will be held at an NFL stadium. The Draft site will encompass the field, stands, and outdoor plazas, creating an all-encompassing atmosphere and enabling more fans than ever before to watch their favorite team’s selections.

NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL made the announcement today at the league’s annual Fall Meeting, following a review of the proposal by the Super Bowl & Major Events Advisory Committee and full ownership. This is the result of a comprehensive examination process over the past several months of plans submitted by various cities to host the 2018 NFL Draft.

“Philadelphia raised the bar by taking the Draft to another level, and this new opportunity in Dallas will enable us to continue the event’s evolution and grow it even further,” said Goodell. “We are grateful to the Dallas Cowboys, the cities of Arlington, Dallas, and Frisco, and the Dallas Sports Commission for their leadership in turning this vision into reality.”

As part of the event, the NFL DRAFT EXPERIENCE PRESENTED BY DANNON® OIKOS® TRIPLE ZERO  a free festival where fans of all teams can participate in football drills, enjoy interactive exhibits and autograph sessions, and take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy – will take over the plazas directly outside the stadium, transforming the area for attendees.

The NFL Draft returns to primetime with Round 1 on Thursday, April 26. Rounds 2 and 3 will feature members of the NFL LEGENDS COMMUNITY as well as to-be-announced special guests on Friday, April 27. Rounds 4-7 will conclude the event on Saturday, April 28.

Round 1 will include incoming prospects walking the red carpet before entering the NFL Draft theater, which will be constructed directly on the field. A portion of the stadium will be opened up for the public to attend. Interested fans can win seated tickets at no cost, and they may also participate in the festivities through the free NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero. Additional details will be released closer to the event.

The NFL Draft has grown into one of the biggest sporting events of the year. A record-breaking 250,000 fans attended the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia, along with more than 1,800 accredited media who covered it. In total, the event generated more than $94 million in economic impact for the city, surpassing initial projections and supporting an estimated 30,000 local jobs.

Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft – broadcast live on ESPN and NFL Network – was the most-watched cable program of the week and the most-watched sports event of the week on both broadcast and cable networks. During its three days, Draft programming claimed five out of the top 10 spots among sports events, including the #1 spot.

DRAFT LOCATION HISTORY

Draft

Location

City

1936

Ritz-Carlton

Philadelphia

1937

Hotel Lincoln

New York

1938

Hotel Sherman

Chicago

1939

Hotel New Yorker

New York

1940

Schroeder Hotel

Milwaukee

1941

Willard Hotel

Washington, D.C.

1942-44

Palmer House

Chicago

1945-47

Hotel Commodore

New York

1948

Hotel Fort Pitt

Pittsburgh

1949-50

Bellevue-Stratford Hotel

Philadelphia

1951

Blackstone Hotel

Chicago

1952

Hotel Statler

New York

1953-54

Bellevue-Stratford Hotel

Philadelphia

1955

Warwick Hotel

New York

1956

Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 1-3)

Philadelphia

Ambassador Hotel (Rounds 4-30)

Los Angeles

1957

Warwick Hotel (Rounds 1-4)

Philadelphia

Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 5-30)

Philadelphia

1958-61

Warwick Hotel

Philadelphia

1962-64

Sheraton Hotel

Chicago

1965-66

Summit Hotel

New York

1967

Hotel Gotham

New York

1968-71

Belmont Plaza Hotel

New York

1972

Essex House

New York

1973-74

Americana Hotel

New York

1975

Hilton Hotel

New York

1976-78

Roosevelt Hotel

New York

1979

Waldorf

New York

1980-83

Sheraton Hotel

New York

1984-85

Omni Park Central Hotel

New York

1986-94

Marriott Marquis

New York

1995-2004

Theatre at Madison Square Garden

New York

2005

Jacob Javits Convention Center

New York

2006-2014

Radio City Music Hall

New York

2015-16

Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University

Chicago

2017

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia

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