The NFL has announced a new date and home for next year’s draft: Chicago.
After taking place in New York City for decades, the 2015 draft will be held at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University from April 30 to May 2, both commissioner Roger Goodell and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has confirmed.
“Chicago is pleased to welcome the 2015 NFL draft to America’s heartland,” Emanuel said in a statement. “Next year, NFL fans from across the country will travel here or tune in as the future of their team is decided in Chicago.”
According to the AP, the NFL soured on NYC’s Radio City Music Hall after it was forced to move the draft back two weeks into May this year, and began looking elsewhere.
It was last held in the Windy City from 1962-64, but was also the home of the draft in 1938, 1942-44 and 1951.
“We are excited to have fans from throughout the Midwest experience the NFL draft,” Goodell said in the statement. “We look forward to returning the event to the city of Chicago and working with the city, Choose Chicago, and the Chicago Sports Commission to create a weeklong celebration of football for our fans.”