After years of trying, Detroit finally won the bid to become the ninth city to host the NFL Draft since it moved from New York.
On Monday at the NFL owners meetings in Florida, the league announced they have awarded the bid to make Detroit the host city of the 2024 NFL Draft.
Earlier this month, Packers president Mark Murphy announced that Detroit was a finalist for the draft, along with Green Bay and Washington D.C. It appears Detroit outbid those two cities and will become the ninth city to host the draft since the NFL moved it from its long-term residency at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Here’s a look at the other host cities:
2022: Las Vegas
2023: Kansas City
Wood has been pushing for Detroit to be a host city for the NFL Draft or the Super Bowl since he was hired as team president back in 2015. This will be the first time Detroit hosts a major NFL event since Super Bowl XL in 2006.
“We’re hoping to be a serious contender for the 2024 Draft,” Wood said back in 2021. “We’re still in the mix for that, and hopefully we can bring that to Detroit, and by then everything is fully reopened and we can have hundreds of thousands of people downtown enjoying the Draft in Detroit.”
Earlier on Monday, the NFL announced that the Lions would be the feature team for HBO’s Hard Knocks. Quite a week for the franchise.