NFL Announces 2021 NFL Draft Will Be Held In Person, Allow Fans

Cleveland, USA - October 21, 2018 - FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio

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The 2021 NFL Draft is set to take place this spring and it will look more like the event we are used to.

After last year’s draft was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, the league announced that the 2021 draft will return to an in-person format with select prospects and, most importantly, fans in attendance.

The 86th annual NFL Draft will be held across three days from April 29 to May 1.

This year’s draft will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, incorporating FirstEnergy Stadium, the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, and the Great Lakes Science Center.

The NFL announced the news on Monday.

“We are thrilled to be heading to Cleveland for the NFL Draft, which has become one of the most highly anticipated events in sports,” said Peter O’Reilly, NFL executive vice president, club business, and league events.

“Just months after executing a safe and successful Super Bowl LV, we look forward to bringing the excitement of our Draft traditions to fans in collaboration with the Browns, Destination Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, the City of Cleveland, and all of our local Cleveland partners.”

The NFL will have its make stage on Lake Erie between FirstEnergy Stadium and the Great Lakes Science Center.

The red carpet and musical performances will take place at the iconic Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.

“We are thrilled for Cleveland to host this year’s NFL Draft and celebrate the hard-working and inspiring new Draft prospects, football’s great history, and our fans. It is even more special as we commemorate our 75th anniversary and have the opportunity to showcase the wonderful city of Cleveland to an international audience and to a responsible number of fans and visitors during the weekend,” said Dee and Jimmy Haslam, managing and principal partners of the Cleveland Browns.

“We greatly appreciate the continued collaboration by the NFL, local and state government officials, and medical experts who are all focused on creating a memorable and safe experience and we are also extremely encouraged by the state of Ohio’s vaccination rates and advancements that are allowing us to make the progress needed to return to a safe and more normal environment.”

It feels good to be back!

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