The NFL has resorted to cancelling the Draft scheduled for April, in Las Vegas. Fans will have to make do with watching it on TV. This means that this year’s Draft will not include the parties and festivals that pull crowds from every state.
However, the NFL commissioner also touted Las Vegas as an ideal host city for the Super Bowl. The Raiders’ President also promised that they would pursue the right to hold the annual showcase.
How Soon Can That Be?
The right to host the Super Bowl used to take cites through a complex bidding process. However, that changed in 2018. Now the NFL awards the showcase to cities and stadiums that show interest in hosting the event.
The soonest we could see Vegas hosting the event is in 2025, as the NFL as already decided which cities and stadiums host the next 4 Super Bowls.
Which Cities Will Host the Next four Super Bowls?
The NFL selected the next cities to host the next four Super Bowls during their 2018 spring meeting. These cities are the following:
- Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
- Los Angeles Stadium, Los Angeles, California
- State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
- Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
The Next meeting is scheduled for May in California, for now, the league has to deal with the Draft. However, Las Vegas seems like a clear pick because of the cost implication of the cancellation of the Draft.
Cost Implication of the Draft Cancellation
Las Vegas stood to make something hundreds of millions from the Draft. This could have boosted the local economy as they catered to the needs of guests. Last year, close to a million people went to Nashville to witness the Draft. These visitors made the city an estimated $224 million.
Miami earned approximately $500 million the year before. However, Las Vegas residents should not complain; that’s how life is under such a devastating pandemic.