Public Square hosted a news conference Thursday, May 23 followed by an NFL Draft Tailgate Party. The National Football League announced that Cleveland will host the 2021 draft, and a panel of city leaders, Cleveland Browns representatives, along with other dignitaries led a local celebration that brought hundreds of people to The Square. The event kicked off with a short announcement about the upcoming draft, thanking the NFL for agreeing to bring the draft to Cleveland. The tailgate party was hosted by Destination Cleveland and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. Guests were invited to have food, drinks, and play sports related games.
A panel of speakers were heard during the news conference:
EMCEE: Jim Donovan, WKYC/Voice of the Browns
Mayor Frank Jackson, City of Cleveland
Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Executive
David Gilbert, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission/Destination Cleveland
J.W. Johnson, Cleveland Browns executive
John Dorsey, Cleveland Browns GM
Denzel Ward, Cleveland Browns Cornerback
Josh Cribbs, Cleveland Browns Alumnus
Aubrey Walton, NFL, Director of Event Partnerships & Integration
Read more from the official news release sent by Destination Cleveland here:
“Cleveland has a passionate fan base and the city offers distinctive iconic locations and attractions that will bring the NFL Draft experience to fans in unique and exciting ways,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“We look forward to collaborating with the Cleveland Browns, the City of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Destination Cleveland to celebrate the achievements of the next generation of players and create a memorable fan experience.”
As part of the event, the free NFL Draft Experience – a massive free football festival – will enable fans of all teams to participate and 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.