NFL cities left out of the running for hosting a Super Bowl are beginning to view the NFL draft as a viable alternative.
The draft will be held outdoors in Philadelphia this April after it was held in Chicago the past two years, and more cold-weather cities are waiting in line. Kansas City Chiefs president Mark Donovan said the franchise is intent on hosting the event while the Green Bay Packers have already filed paperwork hoping to secure an upcoming draft.
The Chiefs will keep a keen eye on the proceedings in Philadelphia.
“We’ll have representatives there to look at how they do it, to make sure the league knows we’re serious, and we are serious about learning and making it a great experience,” Donovan told Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star.
“We’ve been open and consistent in our communication with the league that the draft is something we definitely want to pursue, so I think we’re well-positioned there.”
As for the Packers, they’ve submitted proposals to host either the 2019, 2020, or 2021 draft in Green Bay, according to Ryan Wood of the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.
“We’ve put some thought into it,” said team president Mark Murphy. “I think with Titletown (a Packers district near the stadium) being up and running then, it’d be a nice way to showcase some of the things that we’ve done to Lambeau Field and around the stadium.”
Other cities bidding to host an upcoming draft are Denver, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, and Canton, according to Wood.
The draft was held in New York from 1965 to 2014. Cold-weather locales are also angling to host a Super Bowl after Super Bowl XLVIII was held in New Jersey in the dead of winter. Super Bowl LII will be held in Minnesota, inside a domed stadium.
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