Depending on who you are listening to, the 2017 NFL Draft, which for the last two seasons has been held in Chicago, could be on its way to one of the most rabid fan bases in the NFL – Philadelphia.
U.S. congressman Bob Brady stated on Thursday the mega three-day event would be coming to the city of Brotherly Love next year, but that’s yet to be confirmed by anyone running the show in Philly.
Bob Brady says the 2017 NFL draft will be held in Philadelphia.
The city says: Not so fast.
The U.S. congressman said in an interview Thursday that the draft, held in Chicago the last two years, would take place in Philadelphia in April.
Although the city did not confirm that a deal had been made, Brady (D., Phila.) said that Mayor Kenney called him Thursday to tell him that the city had agreed to host the draft and to commit $5 million to pull off the three-day event.
Brady said the mayor initially had expressed concern about the financial commitment but changed his mind after he was convinced that the city could raise the money and not put the burden on taxpayers.
Brady said the Building Trades Union would put in more than $1 million toward building a temporary stage and arena on the Ben Franklin Parkway with seating for about 3,000 spectators.
It all sounds great, but until it’s confirmed by the city and the NFL, I wouldn’t buy into anything anyone says – but no doubt it would be great to see the awesome NFL event in Philly in 2017.