The NFL Draft is moving from New York next season. The league wants to have other locations host the annual event. Los Angeles and Chicago are the two cities that are mentioned the most as hosts.
Chicago has emerged as the front runner, with a location already in mind. The place that has been discussed to hold the draft is the Chicago Theater.
League officials met with city officials and Chicago Theater representatives last month, presumably discussing the staging of the draft there either the weekend of April 22-25 or April 29-May 2, 2015.
Discussions also surrounded the Arie Crown Theater and MCormick Place. There are conventions and trade shows already scheduled for the dates thrown around for the draft, so those places are not available.
The Loop location makes it a great place to hold the draft. It is near hotels, and close to other Loop places, such as Daley Plaza, where fan festivals could be held during the draft.
Even though it looks like the Chicago Theater will be the host of the NFL draft, there could be another place that might be good-Navy Pier.
Navy Pier has a huge ballroom that could fit many people there, and the lakefront location would be great. It is near downtown Chicago, so getting to fan festivals would also be easily accessible.
The NFL draft is moving because of scheduling conflicts at Radio City Music Hall in New York, where it has been held since 2006. The draft has been held in New York since 1965.
The NFL draft has become a must-see event over the years. This year’s event drew 45.7 million television viewers, breaking the previous record of 45.4 million set in 2010. It has become so big, the NFL decided to extend it from the customary three days to four starting in 2015.