NFL visits Charlotte, hears out city’s pitch to host future draft
Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper is the man who brought live music to Charlotte. So can he help bring the city a future NFL draft as well?
Well, as reported by Joe Bruno of WSOC on Monday morning, league executives have already visited the Queen City to gauge the possibility. The meeting, which took place on May 4 at Bank of America Stadium, featured Panthers team president Kristi Coleman and the Charlotte Sports Foundation.
Charlotte’s interest in hosting a draft was first noted by Joe Person of The Athletic on April 27, just hours before they selected quarterback Bryce Young atop of this year’s event. With Detroit set to host in 2024 and Green Bay as the perceived favorites for 2025, it’s possible that Charlotte could be in contention for 2026.
Bruno was provided the following statement from a city spokesperson after what was heralded as an impressive visit:
The city has been engaged in conversations with our partners about Charlotte hosting the NFL Draft. Through our participation in the Charlotte Sports Foundation the city has a great track record of working with our community to lead similar efforts to attract marquee events to our city which have increased the profile of Charlotte and created economic opportunities for the people and business of Charlotte. In these pursuits we have leaned into our partnerships and supported events including financial support and with implementation, including event support, marketing and logistics. These events are important to our city, and we intend to continue to attract as well as execute world-class events. We look forward to continuing that work regarding the NFL Draft.
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