Could the NFL Draft come to Pittsburgh very soon?

19 March 2024- Continuing his commitment to making Pennsylvania a national economic leader, Governor Josh Shapiro announced his support of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ recent bid to host the 2026 or 2027 NFL Draft.

Since 2015, the NFL has hosted its annual player selection process in cities across the nation, including Philadelphia in 2017. If selected for the 2026 or 2027 draft, the Steel City could see more than 350,000 visitors and a boost of over $100 million in direct spending into Pennsylvania’s economy.

Tourism is one of the largest and most important industries in Pennsylvania, generating over $76 billion a year and supporting more than 486,000 jobs across the Commonwealth. VisitPittsburgh estimates that if chosen to host the draft, Pittsburgh would see an economic impact between $120 million and $160 million.

“As the birthplace of America – and as we prepare to celebrate our country’s 250th birthday in 2026 – the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be a central hub of economic activity over the next several years, and we would be honored for the NFL Draft to be a centerpiece of these celebrations,” said Governor Josh Shapiro. “Today, Pittsburgh has established itself as one of the most dynamic cities on the East Coast – and the birthplace of professional football; Pittsburgh is the best choice in the country to host the NFL Draft.  The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is excited and ready to work together to host this historic draft and show the country what Pennsylvania is all about.”

In 2026, Pennsylvania will host a number of premier national and international events to highlight the United States of America’s 250th birthday, including the MLB All Star Game, the FIFA World Cup, NCAA March Madness, and the PGA Championship.

From Pittsburgh’s hospitality and entertainment industries to their state parks, trails, and outdoor recreation businesses – tourism serves as a powerful economic engine, giving Pennsylvanians more opportunities to pursue their passion, support their families, and succeed.

The Governor’s letter of support for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ bid to host the NFL Draft, which he sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, can be read in full here.