NFL To Return To Chicago For 2016 Draft; League To Develop Process For Future Site Locations

The National Football League will return to Chicago for the 2016 NFL Draft slated for April 28-30, Commissioner ROGER GOODELL and Mayor RAHM EMANUEL announced today.

The 2015 NFL Draft was held in Chicago, the first time the event was located outside of New York City in more than 50 years. More than 200,000 fans from across the country participated in the 2015 Draft festivities in Chicago, including the highly popular Draft Town, a free, three-day outdoor interactive fan football festival in Grant Park.

The Draft generated a total economic impact of $81.6 million, according to a Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University study commissioned by the Chicago Sports Commission.  Half of the attendees were from outside Chicago and generated 31,000 hotel nights; Another 5,600 hotel nights came from NFL staff, sponsors and media.

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