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Could Kansas City host the NFL draft next year? The Sports Commission is hopeful

Posted at 7:22 AM, Apr 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-26 12:50:19-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Happy NFL Draft Day!

Tonight, young football players will hear their names called and their lives are changed forever.

Kansas City officials are hoping to hear their names called, too… in a few weeks.

Kansas City is one of five finalist cities with a bid in to host the NFL draft in 2019 or 2020. 

"The bid process is substantial, it’s long, they ask for a lot of information, a lot of up-front commitments, a lot of ideas around budgets and marketing. We have had a significant back-and-forth with them and submission of various materials and follow-ups and calls, so we have been very engaged with the NFL in this whole process," said Katherine Holland, director of marketing for the Kansas City Sports Commission. 

Kansas City has a lot going for its bid, including being centrally located and its connection to Lamar Hunt, who played a big role in the beginning stages of the NFL. 

"We have a history of football, an innovative leader in Lamar Hunt Sr., who was critical in the development of the NFL. We are centrally located, we are a big sports town, we rally around football and pretty much any major sports event that we bring to Kansas City, I think the citizens get out and support," said Holland. 

We will find out if Kansas City is selected to host the draft during the NFL spring meeting in Atlanta next month. 

As for the Chiefs’ prospects in this year’s draft — the team doesn’t have a first-round pick, so fans may just have to sit back, relax and wait to find out the fate of their beloved team.