Loyal Dallas Cowboys fans flocked to Arlington on Thursday night for the first round of the NFL Draft, where the home team took Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 4 pick. Scott Fischer Special to the Star-Telegram
Loyal Dallas Cowboys fans flocked to Arlington on Thursday night for the first round of the NFL Draft, where the home team took Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 4 pick. Scott Fischer Special to the Star-Telegram

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Do you want to boo NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell? Here’s your chance

By Clarence E. Hill Jr.

chill@star-telegram.com

October 18, 2017 11:18 AM

UPDATED October 19, 2017 08:46 AM

FRISCO

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.”

Forget the BBQ, these tailgating Cowboys fans cooked up a Mexican cuisine on a massive grill

A group of Cowboys fans drove nine hours from Mexico, and brought a brand new grill they made just for the game. Every year for the past decade, this group of guys choses a game to serve as a reunion, and this year they stepped up their cultural cuisine for the Packers game.

Lena Blietz lblietz@star-telegram.com

AT&T Stadium sells more alcohol than any other venue in Texas

Dallas Cowboys games mean big crowds who spend big money on alcohol, with sales topping the charts statewide.

Paul Moseley pmoseley@star-telegram.com

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 Cntr

New York

2006-2014

Radio City Music Hall

New York

2015-16

Auditorium Theatre

at Roosevelt University

Chicago

2017

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia