For the eighth straight year, the Chicago Blackhawks are heading to the Stanley Cup playoffs after they beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Sunday night.
In just four weeks, the NFL draft will once again return to Chicago, and this year’s draft experience will offer even more.
“With a second year we have a second chance and that means bigger and better, and more ways to engage fans,” said Chicago Sports Commission executive director Kara Bachman.
“You will see even more kids and family activities out here where they can touch and feel the game. We’re building a massive Ferris wheel that will be just fun and will showcase each car wrapped in a different team logo,” O’Reilly said.
The NFL and the city both said the 2015 “Draft Town” experience turned out to be a success, and had an $86 million dollar economic impact for the city.
Other cities tried to steal the draft, but the NFL said Chicago offered the best venue for its fans.
“Chicago showcased the passion of our game in a way that we had never seen around the draft before so coming back here was an opportunity to not only reward the city and those fans for that but also build on that success,” O’Reilly said.
The Chicago Blackhawks will be looking to keep their Central Division title hopes alive on Thursday night, but they’ll be battling the St. Louis Blues with one arm tied behind their backs.
The Blackhawks will look to keep the momentum going on Sunday night when they head to Vancouver to take on the Canucks.
He had a rough first inning, but he settled down and cruised like he always does,” Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. “He’ll be ready. It’s hard to get the juices flowing at the end of spring, but we’ll be able to in a few days.”