NFL will stage 2018 draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington

AT&T Stadium

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL draft will be held next year at the Dallas Cowboys’ home venue, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It’s the first time the draft will be held in an NFL stadium.

The Cowboys will host the 2018 draft in April. Virtually every NFL city, plus the Pro Football Hall of Fame site in Canton, Ohio, has expressed interest in holding the draft since the league began holding it at locations outside New York City. 

After decades in New York, the draft was moved to Chicago in 2015 and was held there again in 2016. It drew huge crowds, whetting the NFL’s appetite for taking bids to host it.

Last year, the draft was in Philadelphia at the iconic Art Museum steps. It drew 250,000 fans for the first draft held outdoors.