LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas is back in the mix to host the NFL draft. This time in 2022.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the Silver State as the league's destination for the draft as the Las Vegas Raiders were making their first-round picks during Thursday's telecast.
— Allegiant Stadium (@AllegiantStadm) April 24, 2020
The draft was scheduled to take place in Las Vegas this year, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the plans to be canceled with a virtual selection event instead.
The Las Vegas Raiders selected Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III as their first pick in the 2020 NFL 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, chief executive officer and president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “We plan to make the 87th annual NFL Draft an ONLY VEGAS experience football fans will never forget.”
The NFL Draft Main Stage will be constructed next to the Caesars Forum Conference Center with the Forum hosting Selection Square.
Previous plans for the NFL Draft Red Carpet at the fountains at the Bellagio are also back in play along with a three-day NFL Draft Experience. The festival will include games, autograph sessions, and the Vince Lombardi trophy on display.
Raiders owners Mark Davis also said he was very excited that the NFL has chosen Las Vegas to host the 2022 NFL Draft.
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) April 24, 2020