Kansas City delegation makes pitch to host NFL draft

Bill Grady
November 16, 2017 - 6:38 am

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Kansas City manager Troy Schulte led a local delegation to New York Tuesday to make a pitch for the National Football League to hold its draft here.

Government officials in Kansas City want the NFL to hold its draft in Kansas City in 2019 or 2020. 

The city has a lot in its favor, starting with its central location, said Katherine Holland, marketing and sales director with the Kansas City Sports Commission.

"We've got a built-in fan base for an innovative, smart city," Holland said. "I think we are well-positioned to provide some technological innovations through the kiosks and the streetcar and the fact that we're a very digitally-connected city."

Eight cities are making bids for the draft. The even last April in Philadelphia attracted 250,000 fans and generated an estimated $95-million economic impact.

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