NFL Draft 2026 location is REVEALED as city gears up for ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’

The NFL unveiled the host city for the 2026 Draft during league meetings on Wednesday. 

Pittsburgh was announced as the location of the 2026 draft, which will incorporate elements of iconic Point State Park as well as Acrisure Stadium, home of the Steelers. 

The announcement, which was hailed as a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ by Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey, was made at the NFL Spring League Meeting in Nashville following a review of Pittsburgh’s bid proposal. 

‘The NFL Draft is one of the biggest, most-anticipated sporting events of the year, and we’re thrilled to partner with the Pittsburgh Steelers and VisitPITTSBURGH for our 2026 event,’ said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. 

‘We have a unique opportunity to spotlight this wonderful community on a global stage, benefiting Pittsburgh’s economy and entertaining football fans from all markets. We know this pride of Pennsylvania will shine bright in 2026.’ 

The NFL unveiled the host city for the 2026 Draft on Wednesday

The draft has become the league’s biggest offseason event with more than three million fans attending the event in person since 2015.

Detroit was the home of the daft festivities last month where a record-breaking 775,000 fans attended the event in Motor City with more than 53.6 million total viewers tuning in to watch the broadcast across three days. 

‘Pittsburgh is honored to have been named the host city for the 2026 NFL Draft,’ said Mayor Ed Gainey. ‘This once in a lifetime opportunity will allow us to showcase our city to an international audience, and it will give us a chance to say to our global fanbase, come on home to Pittsburgh. 

‘We are excited for everyone to see the transformation that has taken place, and to see Pittsburgh as more than the City of Champions, but a place where everyone is safe and welcome. A city where everyone has a chance to thrive, and where football erases the boundaries of our 90 neighborhoods, and we become one city, united, to cheer on our beloved Steelers.’ 

More to follow.  

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