The NFL Is Setting Up a Stage On Water for This Year’s Draft in Las Vegas
Jan. 22, 2020
This year's NFL Draft will be in Las Vegas. According to concept art, a red carpet stage will be on the Bellagio water in front of the fountains, and players will arrive via boat. The draft will be held April 23-25.
If you're going to Vegas, you may as well do it big, right? The NFL seems to be thinking that way, at least. For the first time the NFL is hosting the annual draft in Las Vegas, Nevada, they're also doing something that most people probably haven't seen before: setting up a stage on the water in front of the famed Bellagio fountains, and transporting players there via boat. As great as New York City is, I don't think you can do that there.
The news came across via concept art shared by Clark County Nevada itself, with Bleacher Report also sharing images. It's worth noting that this isn't the actual stage where players will hear their names called and approach the stage, but rather a stage that players will be on before (and presumably after) the official draft festivities. There will also be a place for fans to watch along the street.
This is the first year that the NFL Draft will be hosted in Las Vegas, coordinating with the first year that the Radiers will be playing in the city. They, of course, were previously the Oakland Raiders. After a long run of the draft being held in New York City, the NFL is working to move it around; in addition to this year's being in Las Vegas, there are also plans to host in Cleveland and Kansas City in the future.
However, this isn't going to be the way the actual draft happensafter all, just think about how many players get drafted in every NFL draft. The main stage for the draftthe one you see on TV for the majority of the time, will be constructed near the Caesar's Palace forum, a bit down the strip from the Bellagio. Players will presumably be transported there, one way or another, after making their strut down the high-concept red carpet on the water.
The draft is just about three months away, but anyone who watched last week's College Football National Championship game should have a pretty good idea of who's going to be the first overall pick this year: LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow, who is just ridiculous. Keeping in the spirit of the Las Vegas setting, we're going to put Burrow's odds of appearing on some sort of boat in the Bellagio waters at approximately 1 to 1.
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