Nashville named as host of 2019 NFL Draft

Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk hugs tight end Delanie Walker (82) next to quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) during the team's uniform reveal event held at Broadway and 1st Avenue on Wednesday.Photo Credit: Andrew Nelles-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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The 2019 NFL Draft is headed to Music City.

The Tennessee Titans will serve as the host of the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tenn. The selection was ratified by NFL team owners Wednesday at the league’s spring meetings in Atlanta.

“Following an exciting and successful event in Dallas, we’re thrilled to take the NFL Draft to Nashville,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. “The city has a passionate fan base and offers iconic locations that will enable us to expand the Draft in unique ways.

“We look forward to working with the Tennessee Titans, the City of Nashville, and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp to deliver a memorable celebration of football to our fans and incoming players.”

Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk was quick to convey her excitement with the decision.

“I’m so excited for the city of Nashville and so proud that we’ve been selected as the host city for the 2019 NFL Draft,” she said. “As we all know, Nashville has a well-deserved reputation as a city that loves the big stage and loves a big party … we’re looking forward to April of next year.”

Las Vegas, Denver, Kansas City and the combination bid from Cleveland/Canton, Ohio, were also being considered. The Ohio contingent is expected to get strong consideration in 2020 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the NFL at the site of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“We offer congratulations to Amy Adams Strunk, the Tennessee Titans and the city of Nashville and look forward to a great fan celebration during the 2019 NFL Draft,” Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker said.

“The Hall of Fame in partnership with the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Sports Commission and Visit Canton stand ready to host the NFL Draft in 2020 should we be selected.

“In the meantime, the Hall and the entire Canton region remains focused on preparing for the once-in-every-other-lifetime opportunity in 2020 to celebrate the NFL’s Centennial in Canton, the birthplace of the league.”

The 2018 NFL Draft was held last month at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It marked the first time that the event took place inside an NFL stadium.




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