During a press conference on Wednesday, the Dallas Cowboys announced the Dallas-Fort Worth area would serve as the host site for the 2018 NFL Draft.
— Charlotte J Anderson (@CJonesAnderson) October 18, 2017
The Cowboys organization announced all three days of the draft would take place in Arlington at AT&T Stadium, however, the fanfare will be spread out throughout the Metroplex.
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“We are very excited about the 2018 NFL Draft coming to Dallas,” said Charlotte Anderson, the Cowboys’ executive VP and chief brand officer. “This is something we have been actively pursuing for a long time, and we are committed to having an outstanding presentation.”
This marks the first time in history the draft will be held at an NFL stadium. The draft site will encompass the field, stands and outdoor plazas, creating an all-encompassing atmosphere and enabling more fans than ever before to watch their favorite team’s selections.
“Philadelphia raised the bar by taking the draft to another level, and this new opportunity in Dallas will enable us to continue the event’s evolution and grow it even further,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We are grateful to the Dallas Cowboys, the cities of Arlington, Dallas, and Frisco, and the Dallas Sports Commission for their leadership in turning this vision into reality.”
The draft has been previously held at the following sites beginning withthe inaugrual event in 1936:
In recent years, teams have had its own representative to announce some of the second-day picks. Not only does it give the fans a chance to be more involved, but brings out the history of the game with former players and coaches getting a chance to represent their team.
Last year, Ring of Honor member Drew Pearson withstood a heavy chorus of boos from the Philadelphia fans to make a memorable announcement of the Cowboys’ second round pick of Chidobe Awuzie.