A general view of AT&T Stadium prior to the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.
Mayor Michael Hancock on Thursday was in Texas, at AT&T Stadium, attending the NFL draft in pursuit of bringing the popular and lucrative event to Denver.
Hancock was among NFL movers and shakers, and thousands of football fans, at the nationally televised draft from the Dallas Cowboys’ home turf. Denver is among five finalist cities under consideration to host the draft in 2019 or 2020. A decision is expected in May.
In Texas, Hancock spent time in the NFL command center, said Amber Miller, a mayoral spokeswoman, and he met with Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams to learn about hosting responsibilities.
“All bidding cities are reviewing how the hosts are executing this event. We are addressing any questions from the NFL that they may have and conducting diligence for Denver to understand impacts, capacity and needs,” Miller said.
Other cities pursuing the draft are Cleveland/Canton; Kansas City, Mo.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Las Vegas. The NFL will announce the upcoming choice at the spring league meeting in May.
Hancock attended the draft with a group organized by Visit Denver and the Denver Sports Commission.
Last year’s draft, in Philadelphia, drew 250,000 visitors and generated $94.9 million, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report. It drew a combined television audience of 9.2 million viewers to opening-night broadcasts on ESPN and NFL Network.
Thursday night’s draft was the first to be held in Texas and the first to be held inside an NFL stadium.
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