The NFL is bringing the 2018 Draft to Texas.
More important, it is coming to Arlington, April 26-28.
The NFL awarded the three-day draft to the Dallas Cowboys and it will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
The Cowboys submitted several bids for the draft, including a dual site with The Star in Frisco along with AT&T Stadium.
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The NFL chose the one site, Arlington, with AT&T Stadium being the primary host.
“We really think we have come up with an incredible idea and concept that will really make AT&T Stadium shine but will also deliver a unique experience that is unlike anything that you have seen so far at the NFL Draft,” Cowboys executive vice president/chief brand officer Charlotte Jones Anderson said. “But I think this is what the draft process is all about. It allows the cities to show their unique personality and hopefully invite not only fans from all over our region in Dallas and the Metroplex and beyond, but those from out of state.
“We welcome them to come to Dallas, to come to Arlington to AT&T Stadium to show their fandom and be a part of the draft in April.”
This is the third new location for the draft since it moved from New York three years ago.
It was held in Chicago in 2015 and 2016 and in Philadelphia in 2017.
It’s the success in Philadelphia that the Cowboys hope to duplicate in Arlington.
“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,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “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.”
Philadelphia marked the first time a city held the draft outside and it set attendance records, drawing 250,000 people to the three-day event.
According to the NFL, the draft had a $94.9 million economic impact on the city.
“It’ll be great. We know how big football is here in Dallas, our fans, it’ll be an exciting time,” Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said. “Anytime Jerry [Jones] gets his hands on it, or Dallas, it’s meant for a great time.”
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Belmont Plaza Hotel
Omni Park Central Hotel
Madison Square Garden
Jacob Javits Convention Cntr
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