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One NFL Draft, two locations? Cowboys hope for just that in 2018

Chicago hosted the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre.
Chicago hosted the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre. AP

The NFL has never held its draft in two different locations on the same weekend, but the Cowboys would love to be the first to do it.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team wants to use both AT&T Stadium in Arlington and The Star in Frisco to provide a unique NFL Draft setup. The Cowboys recently began campaigning to lure the 2018 draft to North Texas.

“We obviously would like to show off both,” Jones said Thursday. “They’re crown jewels, and certainly we’re putting a lot of attention and energy and resources into The Star just as we did here at AT&T Stadium. We think they both represent our brand and our franchise and our fans. It’s a great thing for our fans to get to go touch the Dallas Cowboys and feel like it. At the end of the day, I think Jerry [Jones] has always said it very well: You don’t really own the Dallas Cowboys. You just have the right to get to manage them and be a part of running them for a period of time while you’re in that position. But the end of the day, we all know the Cowboys are the fans’ team, and we certainly want to give them special places to be able to touch and feel and enjoy their team.”

Chicago has hosted the past two drafts after a 50-year run in New York. Philadelphia is expected to host the 2017 draft, according to a source.

The NFL office decides the draft location with input from the Super Bowl advisory committee, according to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy.

Other NFL cities have expressed a desire to host future drafts.

North Texas hosted the Super Bowl in 2011, two years after AT&T Stadium opened, and drew more than 100,000 fans. The Cowboys’ practice facility, which includes a 12,000-seat indoor stadium, opens this summer.

Both cost more than $1 billion.

“We think our fans deserve to have a taste of everything that the NFL is about,” Jones said. “The draft is certainly one of the big events other than the season itself and the games themselves. Certainly, it’s something our fans love to follow, and to get to bring it here and let them touch it first hand would be great for our fans. So we’re certainly fired up for something like that. We’ve got certainly AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and then we have another venue we’ll be finishing the first phase of this summer in The Star. We think between those two things it might make for a unique experience for our fans.”