2023 NFL Draft looks for local, diverse businesses to help host event – Kansas City Business Journal – The Business Journals

2023 NFL Draft looks for local, diverse businesses to help host event – Kansas City Business Journal – The Business Journals

When Kansas City hosts the 2023 NFL Draft, the league hopes to showcase local and diverse business talent in addition to incoming players.
The National Football League’s Business Connect program wants to identify as many as 100 area businesses that can work alongside league vendors to produce Draft Day events, the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation said in a release. Those companies must have “premiere, large event experience.”
Applications are being accepted through Oct. 7. Although participating businesses won’t be subjected to the combine and Wunderlic tests, they will have to meet certain qualifying criteria. This includes being 51% owned by a minority, woman, veteran or LGBTQ+ person, with certification; having a Kansas City presence since April 2019; and being the direct source of goods and services provided. Interested companies can find full details at the Sports Commission’s website
In addition to providing contracting opportunities, the Business Connect program also hopes to offer professional networking and development programming, according to the release.
The draft will come to town April 27-29 and set up shop in the area around Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. The NFL and Sports Commission announced Kansas City’s selection as host in May 2019.
The NFL’s annual selection of the next group of players — this will be the 88th draft — has evolved into a tourism spectacle. The event has rotated among cities since 2015.
This year’s NFL Draft gathered in Las Vegas, where city officials expected 1 million visitors over the three-day weekend. The last prepandemic draft — 2019 in Nashville — lured about 600,000 people . In addition to in-person fans, this year’s draft had about 10 million viewers.
The 2023 NFL Draft will roll into town about a month after Kansas City is set to open its new $1.5 billion single-terminal renovation at Kansas City International Airport (Code: MCI). Three years later, the area will be able to draw on its NFL Draft experience when it hosts games in the 2026 World Cup.
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