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Philadelphia Shows How To Host The Draft

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The 2017 NFL Draft takes place in Philadelphia and there's no better setting for such a historic event! Take a look at these beautiful photos...

The 2017 NFL Draft was essentially a three-day commercial showcasing what we already knew - just how amazing Eagles fans and the City of Philadelphia are. Nearly 100,000 people packed Thursday night's first-round festivities and over 250,000 visitors felt the brotherly love this weekend along the Ben Franklin Parkway. Both totals easily shattered any previous draft-related event record.

"Philadelphia has been a fantastic host and in our eyes, the bar has been raised for what the draft is and can be," said Peter O'Reilly, the NFL's senior vice president of events, [to Philly.com](http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/eagles/NFL-executive-salutes-Philadelphia--Eagles-fans-during-the-three-day-draft.html?utmcampaign=Philly.com Twitter Account&utmsource=t.co&utm_medium=social&cid=Philly.com Twitter).

There's no guarantee that the NFL will bring the party back to Philadelphia in 2018. The league said it would finalize the site later this summer. But could the biggest football event of all becoming in the near future?

In an interview with Glen Macnow on SportsRadio 94WIP, former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell said that the city will bid for all major sporting events - including the Super Bowl - in 2026, which will be America's 250th birthday. From the reaction to draft weekend below, Philadelphia is an ideal location for any destination event - sports or otherwise.

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