The 2023 NFL Draft will take place in Kansas City in the area around Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. A series of free events will bring together fans to celebrate one of the most-anticipated sports events of the year.
"We are excited to work with the Kansas City Chiefs, the city of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Sports Commission to showcase the area for a week-long celebration of football that will be watched by millions of fans," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "We know Chiefs fans will come out to celebrate along with thousands of fans from teams around the country for an incredible experience as we welcome the next generation of NFL players."
As part of the event, the NFL Draft Experience — a massive free football festival — will let fans of all teams test their football skills, enjoy interactive exhibits and autograph sessions and take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Draft Experience will be open all three days of the event.
"Kansas City and Chiefs Kingdom are thrilled to have been selected by the NFL to host this prestigious event," says 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.”
The NFL Draft has become one of the biggest and most-anticipated sporting events of the year. The 2019 Draft in Nashville was the highest-rated and most-watched Draft ever, eclipsing previous records set in 2018. The three-day broadcast attracted more than 47.5 million total viewers and over 600,000 in attendance.