The National Football League and NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell announced that the 85th NFL Draft will take place on April 23-25, 2020 in Las Vegas on and around the iconic Las Vegas Strip. The announcement was made in Dallas at the NFL’s December meeting following a review of the proposal by the Super Bowl and Major Events Committee and full ownership. This is the result of a comprehensive evaluation process over the past several months of plans submitted by various cities to host the 2020 NFL Draft.

“The NFL Draft is one of the most-anticipated events of the year and we are excited to take it to Las Vegas,” Commissioner Goodell told the Las Vegas Sun and USA Today. “We look forward to working with the Raiders, Las Vegas officials and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to create an unforgettable week-long celebration of football for our fans, the incoming prospects and partners.”

As part of the event, the NFL Draft Experience – a massive free football festival – will enable fans of all teams to participate and test their football skills, enjoy interactive exhibits and autograph sessions, and take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. “The Raiders are very excited for Las Vegas and are proud to help host the 2020 NFL Draft,” said Raiders owner Mark Davis. “Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and will provide a tremendous experience for the NFL and its fans.”

“We’re thrilled to be selected for this special event and cannot wait to show the NFL and the world a true Las Vegas experience for the draft,” said Steve Hill, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). “The eyes of football fans from around the world will be on Las Vegas in 2020, and our resort partners on the Las Vegas Strip will ensure the draft is as entertaining as our destination.”

The NFL Draft has grown into one of the biggest and most-anticipated sporting events of the year. The 2018 event set a record as the highest-rated and most-watched Draft ever, eclipsing the previous record set in 2014.

The 2018 Draft marked the first time that the entirety of the event was aired on broadcast television, which helped attract more than 45 million total viewers over the three days of coverage. The event also created tremendous fan engagement across social platforms with the 2018 NFL Draft being the second-most talked about sports event of the year so far, behind only Super Bowl LII.

DRAFT LOCATION HISTORY

Years: Hotel and City
1936: Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia
1937: Hotel Lincoln in New York City
1938: Hotel Sherman in Chicago
1939: Hotel New Yorker in New York City
1940: Schroeder Hotel in Milwaukee
1941: Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.
1942-44: Palmer House in Chicago
1945-47: Hotel Commodore in New York City
1948: Hotel Fort Pitt in Pittsburgh
1949-50: Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia
1951: Blackstone Hotel in Chicago
1952: Hotel Statler in New York City
1953-54: Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia
1955: Warwick Hotel in New York City
1956: Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia (Rounds 1-3); Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles (Rounds 4-30)
1957: Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia (Rounds 1-4), Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia (Rounds 5-30)
1958-61 Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia
1962-64 Sheraton Hotel in Chicago
1965-66: Summit Hote in New York City
1967: Hotel Gotham in New York City
1968-71: Belmont Plaza Hotel New York City
1972: Essex House in New York City
1973-74: Americana Hotel in New York City
1975: Hilton Hotel in New York City
1976-78: Roosevelt Hotel in New York City
1979: Waldorf in New York City
1980-83: Sheraton Hotel in New York City
1984-85: Omni Park Central Hotel in New York City
1986-94: Marriott Marquis in New York City
1995-2004: Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City
2005: Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City
2006-2014: Radio City Music Hall inNew York City
2015-16: Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University in Chicago
2017: Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia
2018: AT&T Stadium in Dallas
2019: Downtown Nashville (Site TBA)
2020: Las Vegas (Site TBA)
2021: Downtown Cleveland, Cleveland
2022: TBD, TBD
2023: Downtown Kansas City, Kansas City