Chicago, IL... Earlier this year State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) carried House Resolution 1096 inviting the NFL to select Chicagoland as a site and headquarters for the NFL Draft. McAuliffe stated at the time that "The NFL Draft would be a major win to our area by creating jobs, benefiting tourism, and encouraging economic development."
Yesterday Illinois received the news that the NFL draft will indeed be moving to Chicago in 2015 after nearly fifty years in New York City.
“There’s been a lot of interest in bringing the draft back to the Midwest,” said McAuliffe. “With the NFL draft being the biggest event of football’s off-season, it’s a huge score for Chicagoland and will no doubt benefit the local economy.”
The draft will be held from April 30-May 2 at Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, making it the eighth time Chicago has hosted the event, but the first since moving to New York in 1965.
“The draft has grown considerably since Chicago last hosted in 1964. Next year thousands of NFL Fans from across Illinois and throughout the United States will be travelling to Chicago, with millions more watching from home,” said McAuliffe. “With access to world-class facilities and convenient transportation, Chicago is a premier travel destination and will serve as a terrific location for the NFL draft.”
In addition to Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theater, there will also be an outdoor family-friendly fan festival for all three days of the draft nearby at Chicago’s Grant Park and Congress Plaza.
For more information please contact State Rep. Michael McAuliffe at (773) 444-0611.