The 2023 NFL Draft kicks off in less than a few hours. And some of the most talented footballing prospects from the country line up to test their destiny, eagerly waiting for the phone call, and their names to be announced. This year’s venue for the big day is outside the Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. And that makes it extra special for the town hero and 2x Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes.
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The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback had everyone out of their homes when the franchise paraded through the city after their Super Bowl LVII victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. And two months later, folks in KC are coming out in packs as the city enshrines its name in the NFL draft history books for a special reason.
Patrick Mahomes is hyped up for the draft day to kick off
The 2023 Union Station Drafting ceremony is being held at a 3.1 million square foot event site, making the draft theatre the biggest in the 87-year history of the NFL Draft. The 378’ x 176’ theatre, which is almost the size of a football field, comes equipped with 10,018 square feet of screens, including 2 IMAX-Sized displays, 31,353,344 pixels, and 1,433 LED panels, the highest in all categories.
That’s not all. The popularity of the NFL draft is expected to pull in more than 300,000 spectators over three days from April 27-29. And officials expect the number to increase since it is a free event, devoid of ticketing charges. Understandably, the festival mood has bitten the city’s champion quarterback, Patrick Mahomes. “Draft Day KC, Let’s go,” he tweeted, coupled with a shout-out to the Chiefs Kingdom.
Draft day KC!!! Let’s goo! #ChiefsKingdom
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) April 27, 2023
Besides recognizing college talents, the Draft ceremonies are massively helpful in reviving the economies of the host cities. The economic impact on Kansas City is expected to be upwards of $100 million. This will come through various avenues, like hotels, restaurants, transportation, tourism, and, of course, the sale of food and beverages.
How was Mahomes’ draft experience?
Time has flown since Patrick Mahomes entered the NFL in the 2017 draft as an accomplished quarterback coming out of Texas Tech. He went as the 10th overall pick, in the first round, something that NFL fans find hard to fathom. There has been no looking back ever since for Mahomes. He became the youngest league and Super Bowl MVP in the next two years. Mahomes repeated the feat this year when he bagged both league and Super Bowl MVPs in the same year. The passer became the first to achieve this feat since Kurt Warner in 1999.
Surely, the Chiefs Kingdom can agree on the fact that Mahomes is one of their greatest draft picks of all time. The Chiefs have the last pick in the first round this year. However, if the other teams are a little reckless, the Chiefs may land someone on the same talent level as their star QB.