The City of Philadelphia did an incredible job hosting the 2017 draft.
And it still wasn't enough to keep it.
The NFL has announced the 2018 draft will be held in the Dallas Cowboys' home, AT&T Stadium. Dallas — or technically Arlington, Texas — will be the third city to host the draft in three years, following Chicago and Philly.
It has been rumored for months that Jerry Jones had his city as the favorite to host the next draft. Turns out those rumors were right.
Good luck topping what Philly did in 2017 though.
“Philadelphia raised the bar by taking the Draft to another level, and this new opportunity in Dallas will enable us to continue the event’s evolution and grow it even further,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We are grateful to the Dallas Cowboys, the cities of Arlington, Dallas, and Frisco, and the Dallas Sports Commission for their leadership in turning this vision into reality.”
The 2018 draft will begin on April 26. The NFL's release said the draft site will include the field, stands and outdoor plazas.
According to the NFL, at the 2017 draft, a record 250,000 fans attended the three-day event along the Ben Franklin Parkway. The estimated economic impact for the city was $94.9 million.
“The Draft was a family-friendly event for Philadelphians and visitors across the country,” Mayor Jim Kenney said. “I thank all of our public and private partners, especially the City employees and first responders, who made this event a success and allowed Philly to shine in the national spotlight once again.”
Aside from the numbers, the draft in Philly was aesthetically pleasing. The television shots from the Parkway were gorgeous and the vibe around the entire event was special.
Things went so well, NFL Senior Vice President of Events Peter O'Reilly said the draft in Philly was a "resounding success."
It won't be coming back in 2018, but the next time it does, the city will be ready.