According to Mike Klis with 9News, the Broncos and Denver want to host the NFL Draft that year. Klis reported that Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis was in New York this week to talk about the desire to host the draft. Ellis met with various NFL officials who included commissioner Roger Goodell.
Klis said considerable work has been put in on Denver's bid, but the talks are still in the preliminary process. He reported that Civic Center Park would be the host of a fan rally, and the draft itself would be held at the Bellco Theater in the Colorado Convention Center.
For those who have been to LoDo, there is no question Downtown Denver can accommodate a national event like the draft in terms of hotels and transportation, to name a few.
It was CBS analyst Boomer Esiason who tweeted that Denver is a great city and should host a Super Bowl. Perhaps he could vouch for the Mile High City hosting the draft in 2019.
"We're very eager to pursue hosting the NFL Draft," Broncos vice president of public relations Patrick Smyth told Klis. "The next few drafts, unfortunately, don't align perfectly with the football calendar, but 2019 shapes up well.''
As Klis said in his story, the NFL Draft was held in New York City for 50 years until it wanted a change in 2015 to offer the event to other cities. Chicago will host the three-day draft in late April for a second consecutive year.
In terms of the Mile High City, why not?
Those who live or visit here rave about how incredible Denver is. There's a reason why people from other states are moving here in droves. Perhaps it's just my bias, but it is one of the best cities in the country and should host the draft in 2019.
Heck, I agree with Esiason, and that never happens.
"That will be the league's 100th season,'' Smyth told Klis. "We hope one of its signature events - the NFL Draft - can be held right here in Denver. We're excited about that possibility and this opportunity.''
It's time for the Broncos and Denver to make history again.