2021 NFL Draft to be hosted in Cleveland

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — The NFL's draft road show is headed to Cleveland and Kansas City.

To celebrate the Browns' 75th anniversary, the 2021 draft will be held in Cleveland. Two years later, the home of the Chiefs gets its chance.

In recent years, the league has taken the draft out of New York and to Chicago; Philadelphia; Arlington, Texas; and Nashville. Next year it will be in Las Vegas a few months before the Oakland Raiders move there.

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"This is an exceptional opportunity for Northeast Ohio that even extends beyond football, and we look forward to continuing the work ahead ... to ensure that the 2021 NFL draft is truly memorable for Northeast Ohio and football fans across the world," Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement.

Kansas City's draft will take place in the area around Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

"Kansas City and Chiefs Kingdom are thrilled to have been selected by the NFL to host this prestigious event," said Kathy Nelson, President and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission. "Hometown pride runs deep in the Midwest. We are excited to show the world our unparalleled passion for sports — especially our passion for professional football."

Statement from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine:

"Ohio is the birthplace of professional football and the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I applaud the NFL's decision to hold the NFL Draft in Cleveland and give the Cleveland Browns and all of Ohio the opportunity to spotlight Ohio's professional football history and passionate fans.

"In hosting the MLB All-Star Game this July, the NFL Draft in 2021, and the NBA All-Star Game in 2022, three of the country's biggest professional sports leagues have each decided to showcase all that Cleveland has to offer, and I could not agree more."

Statement from Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown:

“As the birthplace of the NFL, northeast Ohio holds a special place in football history. By bringing the draft to Cleveland, the NFL is building on that legacy as well as the momentum our city continues to enjoy. The city of Cleveland will provide an exciting atmosphere for the NFL to showcase their rising stars, while also shining a spotlight on northeast Ohio and the qualities and people that make our state great.”

Statement from Ohio Senior Rob Portman:

“I’m thrilled to see that the NFL has chosen Cleveland to host the 2021 NFL draft, and I was proud to advocate on behalf of the city during the selection process. This is great news for Northeast Ohio, which has an unprecedented football legacy and a proven ability to host major events, and offers excellent economic and historical attractions."

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