Las Vegas is still getting its draft. During Thursday’s first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the 2022 draft will be held in Las Vegas.
“I’m pleased to announce that Las Vegas will host the 2022 NFL Draft, where we look forward to holding an even bigger and better event than we could have ever imagined this year,” said Goodell. “Congratulations to Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Raiders‘ organization and Raider Nation.”
This year’s draft — the first fully virtual selection process — was originally scheduled to emanate from Las Vegas ahead of the Las Vegas Raiders‘ inaugural season. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the change to the virtual format.
Now, the NFL has announced plans to revisit a first-ever Las Vegas draft.
“We’re thrilled the NFL has given us the opportunity to host the Draft in Las Vegas in 2022. While disappointed we were unable to bring this exciting event to life this year,” said Steve Hill, CEO, and president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). “We plan to make the 87th annual NFL Draft an ONLY VEGAS experience football fans will never forget.”
The location plans previously announced for the 2020 Draft will remain in place for 2022. Additional elements and plans for the 2022 Draft will be revealed at a later date.
Caesars Entertainment, as the Official Casino Sponsor of the NFL, will host the NFL Draft Main Stage which will be constructed next to the CAESARS FORUM Conference Center.
CAESARS FORUM, located adjacent to the High Roller observation wheel on the Las Vegas Strip, will be host to Selection Square.
Located adjacent to the NFL Draft Main Stage, the NFL Draft Experience will be a free, three-day football festival highlighted by interactive games, the Vince Lombardi Trophy, autograph sessions with NFL players and Legends, brand activations, giveaways and the NFL Shop presented by Visa.
The previously announced plans for the Draft Red Carpet remain in place for 2022, with prospects ferried to and from the stage via boat on the famed FOUNTAINS OF BELLAGIO.
The 2021 NFL Draft will be held in Cleveland. And the 2022 draft — the 87th annual gathering of NFL franchises to select freshly eligible players — is headed for Vegas.
About NFL Draft
The NFL Draft or the Player Selection Meeting is an annual event that serves as the league’s most common source of player recruitment. Each team is given a position in the drafting order in reverse order relative to its record in the previous year, which means that the last-place team is positioned first. From this position, the team can either select a player or trade their position to another team for other draft positions, a player or players, or any combination thereof. The round is complete when each team has either selected a player or traded its position in the draft. The first draft was held in 1936 and has been held every year since. – Wikipedia