While speaking at the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards on Monday, Kraft said that Mayor, Marty Walsh is very interested in capitalizing on the opportunity bring one of the NFL's marquee events to Boston. "He has had his staff working with the NFL and we'd love to see it happen."
In Shalise Manza Young's article detailing this for the Boston Globe, Young includes a quote from the Mayor's office, regarding whether or not Boston is equipped to host the NFL draft. "As he said previously, Boston has the resources and the infrastructure to host the draft here, and we would welcome the opportunity."
New England's owner went on to discuss the intriguing possibility of the event being split up and spread out across multiple cities. "I know they are seriously considering L.A. and Chicago as geographically well-suited to do this. But I think now there is some consideration for maybe even splitting the draft into two parts and doing it in different cities and moving it around. So it’s all under exploration now."
While we are not too far removed from this year's NFL draft, it seems more-and-more likely that the event is on the move and as Kraft alluded to, perhaps it is moving to more than just one city.
The draft has been held in New York for decades and has taken place at Radio City Music Hall since 2006. However, scheduling conflicts, which even pushed the 2014 draft to May, have prompted the NFL to explore moving the event.
The idea of having the draft in more than one city is an exciting prospect that would help the league to generate maximum revenue from the event and would certainly increase excitement about the draft in the new host city.
If Boston is able to land at least part of the draft, it would be a huge coup. One that would have Patriots fans all across New England buzzing. A likely venue for hosting the event is the TD Garden, home of the Boston Celtics and Bruins. The arena holds 18,624 fans for Celtics games.
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