The Star in Frisco is reportedly a ‘favorite’ to host 2018 NFL draft



As the 2017 NFL draft nears, the cheap elite jerseys
remain in the running to host the 2018 edition at The Star in Frisco. An ESPN report on Wednesday even labeled the team’s new world headquarters as “a favorite.”

The Cowboys’ candidacy to host the three day bonanza, confirmed by the league, first surfaced last May, months before the facility opened last August.

The draft left New York its home for 50 years and landed in Chicago in 2015 and 2016. This year’s version begins April 27 in Philadelphia. The Super Bowl Advisory Committee has aided the league office in determining future sites.

Cities such as Denver, Canton, Ohio, and Los Angeles are among those to reportedly express interest in hosting future drafts. Philadelphia is in the running again for 2018, according to ESPN, with Kansas City and Green Bay listed as long shots.

There is no timeline on a decision for future sites, according to the league, and it’s unlikely to come before this year’s draft. Last year, the NFL announced Philly as its host choice shortly before the season commenced.

The Cowboys have continued to be aggressive about pursuing events to host in Frisco and at AT Stadium in Arlington.

Owner Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones have said previously that the team would like to bring future drafts to the stadium or the team’s headquarters, or a combination of the two.

The Ford Center at The Star can seat up to 12,000 and includes outdoor spaces. The development includes offices, retail, restaurants and an Omni hotel.

In Chicago, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University hosted the early rounds of the draft, allowing about 3,000 fans to attend. The downtown event included a nearby Selection Square and the free Draft Town fan festival in Grant Park, drawing several hundred thousand fans.

Philadelphia is expecting 200,000 fans to attend the first outdoor draft, held along Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The focal point is a 3,000 seat theater arranged in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the steps that Rocky made famous.

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