Multiple cities have expressed interest in hosting the 2015 NFL draft, but it appears as if Chicago is the odds-on favorite to host the much anticipated event, this according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.
"If I were an oddsmaker, I would say Chicago is where it'll be next year," Brandt told SiriusXM. "The draft is going be a grand event, as we know it. It's going be, not only the players being selected, but we're going to have events outside of the draft area in which they will have a 40-yard dash race for people that want to run the 40 like players do. It'll be just like the event they have at the Super Bowl, the NFL Experience."
The NFL, which has used Radio City Music Hall in New York as the location for the past several years, is looking to move the draft in effort to create additional revenue while allowing fans in different parts of the country to experience the draft.
According to NFL.com, the league is requesting that the potential venue have the ability to host an additional fan festival in an adjacent indoor or outdoor space, one of the reasons the Windy City is a favorite.
"The McCormick Place convention center has been frequently mentioned as a likely site in the Windy City and would provide a flexible and large space to hold the draft and adjoining fan festival," the article says. "The Chicago Theatre and Soldier Field might also be under consideration. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been quite vocal about bringing the event to his city and there should be no shortage of options for venues." Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas and the incumbent host, New York, are also said to have interest in hosting the 2015 NFL draft.