The National Football League has always been a trailblazer as it pertains to adjusting their sport/league to the current global landscape with COVID-19 being a factor. In 2020 the NFL was the only league who started on time, and they gave other professional leagues the blueprint for not only how to proceed with caution, but how to successfully operate during the global health crisis.
As the 2021 NFL Draft approaches, many were wondering what it will look like? Will it be Roger Goodell in his basement like last year, or will it be an in-person event as in years past?
On Monday the NFL announced the draft will take place, and it will be an in-person event on the shores of Lake Eerie as Cleveland is hosting the event.
The event won’t be just for prospects, but fans, and Goodell himself, will be in attendance as the next round of NFL stars are announced from the podium.
.@NFL Announces Plans for 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland:https://t.co/pzmWj3QOye— NFL345 (@NFL345) March 22, 2021
Activities to Take Place Around FirstEnergy Stadium, Including Free Fan Event
Select Prospects, Fans, Legends, Commish Goodell, Media & Networks On-Site in CLE Following COVID Protocols#NFLDraft
Check out some of the digital images of what the event will resemble at the end of April.
See you soon, Cleveland.— NFL (@NFL) March 22, 2021
2021 #NFLDraft | April 29 - May 1 pic.twitter.com/YylRI1TE6t
The fact the NFL is willing to have a free fan event in person is a great sign of stadiums having fans in them this fall when the league kicks off the 2021 regular season. The main issue with all of this would be how each individual state controls the overall restrictions for their citizens. So in states like Texas and Florida, they could potentially have full stadiums, whereas states like California and New York will only allow a minimum number of fans in 2021.
This is a step in the right direction, but a lot has yet to be determined as the league continues to progress through the 2021 offseason. For the latest NFL news, and that of the Pittsburgh Steelers, be sure to stay tuned to BTSC.