Chicago given lengthy list of demands for NFL Draft

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CHICAGO -- The NFL Draft is coming to Chicago in 2015, but first the league gave city organizers a long list of what the league will need to bring it there.

The Auditorium Theater will hold the draft from April 30 to May 2.

The Chicago Tribune acquired the list that the NFL sent to Choose Chicago, which is the nonprofit agency that's organizing the event.

The list has dozens of requests that the NFL doesn't plan on paying for:

  • Closing stretches of road around Grant Park and Congress Plaza for nearly three weeks.
  • Free WiFi and other technology for the NFL and its partners.
  • Free parking for NFL staff, TV crews, and production trucks.
  • Free parking at draft venues and free police escorts for prospective draft picks and NFL "dignitaries."
  • Outdoor space for a "village" for about 15 "sponsor activation zones."
  • Football fields for youth clinics and events for five days.
  • Three "Party Spaces" for NFL events.
  • Commitments from 13 hotels to reserve rooms for prospective players, NFL staff and others.

The NFL declined to comment on the league's requests and their costs.

Choose Chicago officials had said that hosting the draft would not cost any taxpayer money.

CEO Don Welsh says sponsors and donations will cover the cost.

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