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Excitement of NFL Draft coming to Cleveland stretches citywide

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Posted at 9:30 PM, May 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 14:48:39-04

CLEVELAND — There's already an excitement in the air.

"I like it, I think its a long time overdue," said Browns fan Dave Sipus.

We're still a few years away from Cleveland hosting the 2021 NFL Draft, but that's not stopping anyone from talking about it.

"That's a good thing for the city, we got a lot of buzz going on with all the sports," said sports fan Christopher Colston.

Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone can't stop talking about it either.

"It's a joyous day for not only Cleveland, but for Northeast Ohio," said Zone.

When Zone heard Cleveland had a shot at getting the bid, he sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

"I just talked about the people and our passion and our love for football," he said.

And he got a letter back.

"He said some very positive things about our city," said Zone.

There's still so much up in the air right now about location and venues, but Zone has a few ideas that just might work.

"I think a great logistical area will be the malls, malls A, B and C," he said. "What a beautiful backdrop. They look over our beautiful great lake."

The Cleveland Sports Commission and the Browns had a huge hand in bringing the draft to our city. There are so many reasons why Cleveland was chosen, but one of the main reasons was location.

"I think Cleveland geographically played big part in that when you look at the numbers, we're really an eight hour drive from 13 NFL markets," said Browns spokesman Peter Jean-Baptiste. "This is a Cleveland event but you want fans from all over the NFL to come."

He added hosting large events events like the Republican National Convention helped put us on the map and things haven't slowed down since.

Cleveland will be hosting the MLB All-Star game in a little more than a month, the NFL Draft in 2021, the NBA All Star game the following year and the women's NCAA final four in 2024.

"I loved Cleveland before it was cool," said Zone. "The rest of the world is finding out how cool we are."

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BROWNS 2021 SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · TBD· At Jacksonville Jaguars (TBD/News 5 Cleveland)
WEEK 2 · TBD · New York Giants (TBD/News 5 Cleveland)
WEEK 3 · Sun 8/29 · 8:00 PM at Atlanta Falcons (NBC)

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WEEK 1 · Sun 9/12 · 4:25 PM EST at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)

WEEK 2 · Thu 9/19 · 1:00 PM EST Houston Texans (CBS)

WEEK 3 · Sun 9/26 · 1:00 PM EST Chicago Bears (FOX)

WEEK 4 · Sun 10/3 · 1:00 PM EST at Minnesota Vikings (CBS)

WEEK 5 · Sun 10/10 · 4:05 PM EST at Los Angeles Chargers (CBS)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/17 · 4:05 PM EST Arizona Cardinals (FOX)

WEEK 7 · Thu 10/21 · 8:20 PM EST Denver Broncos (FOX/NFLN/AMZ)

WEEK 8 · Sun 10/31 · 1:00 PM EST Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)

WEEK 9 · Sun 11/7 · 1:00 PM EST at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/14 · 1:00 PM EST at New England Patriots (CBS)

WEEK 11 · Sun 11/21 · 1:00 PM EST Detroit Lions (FOX)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/28 · 8:20 PM EST at Baltimore Ravens (NBC)

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