ATLANTA – The choose is in: The NFL Draft is headed to the Music City in 2019.
The NFL introduced the choice right here on Wednesday on the league’s annual spring assembly.
It’s a giant improvement for town of Nashville, and the Titans.
“Following an exciting and successful event in Dallas, we’re thrilled to take the NFL Draft to Nashville. The city has a passionate fan base and offers iconic locations that will enable us to expand the Draft in unique ways,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned. “We look forward to working with the Tennessee Titans, the City of Nashville, and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp to deliver a memorable celebration of football to our fans and incoming players.”
According to the NFL, the draft will incorporate “iconic city landmarks across the Music City stretching from Lower Broadway to Nissan Stadium.”
Nashville was considered one of 5 finalists for internet hosting the draft in 2019 or 2020, in competition with Kansas City, Denver, Las Vegas and Cleveland/Canton.
The league selected Nashville for 2019 following a assessment of the proposal by the Super Bowl & Major Events Advisory Committee and full possession. Officials from the NFL made not less than two website visits to Nashville in latest months, and the league evaluated plans submitted by the opposite cities in latest months.
“We are thrilled for the city of Nashville, our fans and our team, that we have been selected to host the 2019 NFL Draft,” Titans controlling proprietor Amy Adam Strunk mentioned. “The city and the Titans put a lot of effort into this proposal and we can’t wait to see it come to life next year. I personally would like to thank Commissioner Goodell and the NFL for this opportunity; Metro Nashville Government, led by Mayor David Briley; Butch Spyridon at the CVC; Scott Ramsey at the Sports Council; and all those who have contributed to this effort. Nashville is known as an entertainment destination and we look forward to showing the football world what that looks like on a very big stage.”
The dates for subsequent yr’s draft have been set: April 25-27.
The precise location for the festivities, nevertheless, gained’t be identified for some time.
The metropolis and crew let the NFL know quite a lot of venues out there in Nashville, and the footprint mentioned within the downtown space might embody Nissan Stadium, decrease Broadway, Ascend Amphitheater, the Music City Center, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Music City Walk of Fame Park.
The 2018 NFL Draft was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
After holding the draft annually in New York City, the NFL turned the draft right into a highway present lately, holding it in Philadelphia in 2017, and Chicago in 2015 and 2016. The NFL Draft is bid on annually by NFL cities and is held within the metropolis with the successful bid.
Leading as much as latest drafts, the respective cities introduced a plan on which venues could be out there in every metropolis, and NFL officers finally determined which design labored greatest.
Spyridon and his crew with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, together with Ramsey and his group from the Nashville Sports Council, have been actively concerned within the course of, together with the Titans.
The success of the crew’s uniform unveil in downtown Nashville on April 4th, which drew greater than 20,000 followers and included a live performance by Florida Georgia Line, presumably made impression on league officers.
“When we were discussing the April 4th event, the talk was: Nashville is the perfect city to do what we are doing for that event,” Strunk mentioned beforehand. “With Broadway and Nissan Stadium in the background, it is so exciting.”
The NFL Draft returns to primetime with Round 1 on Thursday, April 25. Rounds 2 and three will comply with on Friday, April 26, and Rounds Four-7 will conclude the occasion on Saturday, April 27.
As a part of the occasion, the NFL Draft Experience Presented By Oikos Triple Zero® – an enormous free soccer pageant – will permit followers of all groups to take part and take a look at their soccer abilities, get pleasure from interactive reveals and autograph periods, and take photos with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, in line with a launch from the NFL. The Draft Experience might be open all three days of the occasion.
Goodell presides over the primary day of the NFL Draft. In earlier years, lots of the gamers projected as first-round draft picks have been invited to attend.
The 2018 occasion set a file because the highest-rated and most-watched draft ever, eclipsing the earlier file set in 2014. The 2018 Draft marked the primary time that the whole thing of the occasion was aired on broadcast tv, which helped appeal to greater than 45 million complete viewers over three days of protection.
According to the NFL, the 2018 NFL Draft ranks because the second-most talked about sports activities occasion this yr throughout social platforms, behind solely Super Bowl LII.
“Nashville is honored to host the 2019 NFL Draft. We are prepared to deliver a unique Music City experience and an NFL-caliber event,” Spyridon mentioned. “I would like to thank the Titans and owner, Amy Adams Strunk, for their support and the NFL for their confidence.”