Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Dallas, AT&T Stadium chosen as site of 2018 NFL draft

Dallas, AT&T Stadium chosen as site of 2018 NFL draft

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the 2018 NFL draft will be held at the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported the news from the NFL owners meetings in NY late Wednesday morning.

"We are very excited about the 2018 NFL Draft coming to Dallas", said Charlotte Anderson, the Cowboys' executive VP and chief brand officer.

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Dallas will look to achieve similar success as the event moves back indoors to the Cowboys' multibillion dollar stadium. The first round will be held on Thursday, April 26, followed by the second and third rounds on Friday, April 27, and the last four rounds on Saturday, April 28.

New York City has hosted the most drafts, hosting the event in 1937, 1939, 1944-1947, 1952, 1955 and most recently from 1965-2014.

There were some initial thoughts of moving one or two days of the draft to the Cowboys training facility and main operations headquarters, The Star, in Frisco, Texas.

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Philadelphia did a fantastic job hosting the draft in 2017, despite beliefs that it would be too much for the city, and it even broke the attendance record for the National Football League draft. "No city has injected that much energy, electricity, excitement into the draft".

After 93 percent of visitors surveyed cited the draft as their primary reason for visiting Philly, 79 percent said they would recommend Philadelphia as a travel destination, and 62 percent meant to return to Philadelphia for a vacation within the next 12 months. The decision was the result of a comprehensive process examining several proposals submitted by various cities to host the Draft.

Philadelphia hosted 1,800 accredited media and generated more than $94 million in economic impact for the city.

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