LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — As the 32 NFL teams make their 2019 draft selections this weekend, Las Vegas tourism leaders got a behind-the-scenes look at the event as they plan to host it next year.
The delegation was meeting with the NFL, Nashville police and others involved in planning for the 2019 event as they get ready for the 2020 draft.
"They take us behind the scenes and walk us through everything pertinent to make this event to make it so successful for the fans," Lisa Motley, LVCVA director of sports marketing and special events, said.
While the NFL has awarded the 2020 event to Las Vegas, the exact location hasn't been named.
"When we get back to Las Vegas, Steve Hill will announce the local organizing team committee and who will be on that committee to be the steering engine for 2020," Motley said.
The LVCVA is working with MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment and Las Vegas police in the planning process to make sure everything is ready.
Motley also said when it comes to the scale of previous drafts - it has attracted as many as 250,000 people - and this number isn't something that concerns tourism leaders.
"Minneapolis hosted the Super Bowl; they had 100,000 people. We host Super Bowl viewing parties, and we had 300,000. Vegas does this every day, and we do it very well," Motley said.
One thing leaders are paying extra attention to, as with most prominent events, is the security, with both Las Vegas police and LVCVA security leaders involved in the delegation.
"Nashville police have been escorting the team and giving them a look behind the scenes, followed by a meeting with NFL security Friday morning to go more in-depth," Motley said.
The LVCVA leader says she is hopeful the attention the 2020 draft brings to the city will help prove to the NFL and other sports leagues that Las Vegas is ready for other championship events like the NCAA Final Four.