Canton, Ohio bidding to host NFL Draft in 2019 or 2020

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Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, recently submitted an application to host the NFL Draft in either 2019 or 2020. David Baker, the president of the Hall of Fame, confirmed that during a speaking engagement Monday.

“I can’t guarantee it’s going to happen,” Baker said, per the Canton Repository. “But we’re gonna fight awful hard for this thing.”

Baker said last year that he envisioned 2019, the NFL’s 100th season, as a “special time” and a great occasion for Canton to host the draft.

Chicago hosted the draft this year and will host again in 2016. Prior to that, the draft had been held in New York City since 1965.

A major construction project at the Hall of Fame in Canton is underway and includes the recent demolition of the north stands at the adjacent Tom Benson Stadium, formerly Fawcett Stadium and the annual home of the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and Hall of Fame Game. The Hall of Fame Village project will include a retail center, a four-star hotel, youth football facilities and a training center.

The official Hall of Fame parade, inductees dinner and other events are held each August in Downtown Canton. Whether Canton would host the draft in the Hall of Fame Village, at the aging Canton Civic Center or somewhere else remains to be seen.

12 responses to “Canton, Ohio bidding to host NFL Draft in 2019 or 2020

  1. With the amount of money the NFL is putting into Canton (Google “Hall of Fame Village” if you don’t know) I can’t see how it wouldn’t be a great thing to have it here. You want your career to end in Canton, you might as well have it start in Canton too.

  2. The NFL should give this to Canton for the dumpster fire they created in 1995 by removing the real Browns and replacing them with this hot garbage.

  3. There should not be any bidding, begging, or buying for the Draft to be held at the Hall Of Fame.

    This is the single best idea the NFL has entertained in the last decade.

  4. Considering it’s, “The Pro Football Hall of Fame”, this makes perfect sense!

    Considering it makes perfect sense, it’s a done deal. Meaning… It won’t happen.

  5. Reading this, I thought to myself “that’s an excellent idea – not often that the league office has one of those!”

    Then I realized that it was actually from the HoF rather than from the league office, and everything made sense again.

  6. As others have posted already, reading the headline I immediately thought the HOF would be a great place to hold the draft.

    Think about it – all these college athletes about to embark on an NFL career could be required to go through the Hall prior to the draft.

    Maybe, just maybe, some of them might be further motivated to work at their craft vs finding ways to get into trouble with all the money they are about to receive.

    The Hall shouldn’t have to go through a bid, as the NFL will make their money by promoting the HOF itself.

    But I’m making the grand assumption that Goodell will want to take the risk of the NFL having to earn their money by actually doing things right, vs taking bids (read that as bribes).

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