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Dates, locations announced for 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland

The 2021 National Football League Draft will take place on April 29-May 1 in downtown Cleveland, at locations around FirstEnergy Stadium and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has announced.

The Cleveland Browns, who play at FirstEnergy Stadium, will be celebrating their 75th anniversary next year to tie in with the showpiece event. The city was awarded the 2021 Draft in May 2019.

The announcement was made a few days after the NFL successfully staged a virtual three-day format for the 2020 Draft, which gained rave reviews and record TV audiences.

“We’re excited for Cleveland to ‘Rock The Clock’ as the host of next year’s NFL Draft and NFL Draft Experience — assuming large gatherings can take place without compromising the well-being of participants,” president and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Destination Cleveland David Gilbert said in a statement.

“We, along with our partners at the NFL, the Cleveland Browns and the City of Cleveland, are steadfast in our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of all spectators and participants. We’re working tirelessly to make this the best Draft event yet — for the NFL and its fans as well as for the Cleveland community,” Gilbert said.

In addition to the 2021 NFL Draft, Cleveland is preparing to host the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend and 2024 NCAA Women’s Final Four. The city last year also staged the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, and drew strong metrics for that event.

The league previously announced that the 2022 NFL Draft will take place in Las Vegas after the Covid-19 pandemic robbed the city of this year’s event.