Denver a finalist to host National Football League draft in 2019 or 2020

Denver is a finalist to host the NFL Draft

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The city of Denver is among five finalists to host the 2019 or 2020 NFL draft, the league announced Thursday.

The Chiefs praised Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of the Sports Commission and City Manager Troy Schulte for their work on the joint bid. "And I'll just tell you that we had very positive feedback for the draft to be awarded for 2019 and 2020 and we have a meeting in about three weeks in Dallas to make a presentation for Las Vegas to be the host for one of those drafts and the Super Bowl for the year 2024 or 2025".

The Browns in conjunction with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission announced their bid in August to host the draft. And the area is big in the history of football - not only is it home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the American Professional Football Association, a precursor to the NFL, was born in Canton in 1920.

After being held in New York City for 50 years, the National Football League made a decision to take the draft on the road in 2015, with Chicago holding the event in 2015 and 2016.

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The NFL Draft could be on its way to Kansas City. "We look forward to further dialogue about the possibilities", said Matthew Payne, executive director of the Denver Sports Commission in a statement. And the Oakland Raiders are set to move to Sin City for the start of the 2020 season, according to the NFL.

The 2019 NFL Draft coincides with the league's 100th season, and the 2020 event will recognize the centennial of the establishment of the NFL in Canton, Ohio, on August 20, 1920.

This year's NFL Draft will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas - the first time the event will take place inside an NFL stadium.

In recent years, The NFL Draft has occurred in late April or early May.

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