DALLAS — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday the 2020 NFL Draft will be held in Las Vegas, the future home of the Raiders.
“We’re excited about that,” Goodell said. “It’s a great venue. We’re looking forward to working with, of course, [Raiders owner] Mark (Davis), and the Raiders and Las Vegas.”
Davis thanked the forward thinking of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.
“I think it’s a testament to the vision of Sheldon Adelson and Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada, who saw that bringing the Raiders to Las Vegas was more than just 10 football games a year, that when you bring the National Football League somewhere, that you get a lot of ancillary benefits,” said Davis. “The draft is one of them. We’re totally excited. We believe that the draft will be the kickoff to our inaugural season as the Las Vegas Raiders. And all I can say is Las Vegas, the draft is coming.”
Traditionally held in New York City, starting in 2015, the NFL Draft has been held in different cities beginning with Chicago hosting the first two traveling drafts before Philadelphia in 2017 and Dallas in 2018 became host cities. According to Goodell, over 100,000 attendees were at the first night of the 2019 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The NFL has yet to decide where the actual stage will be held, but they are looking at a way to incorporate a variety of Las Vegas landmarks to be a part of the three-day event.