Governor and Pittsburgh Steelers Celebrate Pittsburgh’s Selection as the Host of the 2026 NFL Draft

Governor Josh Shapiro and Lieutenant Governor Austin Davis joined Pittsburgh Steelers President Arthur Rooney II, Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey, and Allegheny County Executive Sara Innamorato at Acrisure Stadium to celebrate Pittsburgh’s selection as the host the 2026 NFL Draft.

“As Governor of Pennsylvania, I have been proud to make the case for Pittsburgh to host the NFL Draft, from my direct conversations with NFL leadership at last year’s Super Bowl, to our Administration’s consistent work alongside the Steelers and our local partners over the past year to showcase Pittsburgh’s great strengths,” said Governor Josh Shapiro. “Pittsburgh has established itself as one of the most dynamic cities in the country – and it is the best choice to host the draft. With all eyes on Pennsylvania during America’s 250th birthday in 2026, the Commonwealth is excited and ready to work together to host this historic draft and show the country what Pennsylvania is all about.”

With today’s announcement, the NFL Draft becomes the latest premier national and international event coming to Pennsylvania in 2026, including the United States of America’s 250th birthday, the MLB All Star Game, the FIFA World Cup, NCAA March Madness, the PGA Championship, and more.

“We are excited that the City of Pittsburgh has been selected to host the 2026 NFL Draft,” said Art Rooney II, Pittsburgh Steelers President. “This will be an amazing event that will highlight everything the region has to offer on a national and international level. I truly appreciate the work that has been done by VisitPITTSBURGH, the NFL, local and state officials, and internally within our organization to accomplish our goal of being selected to host the NFL Draft. We look forward to football fans from all across the country coming to enjoy our city’s culture while also showcasing our rich football history and tradition in the region.”

VisitPITTSBURGH estimates that the Steel City will see an economic impact between $120 million and $160 million in direct spending into Pennsylvania’s economy as a result of hosting the Draft.

“Being awarded the 2026 NFL Draft is a testament to Pittsburgh’s rich football legacy and a renowned recognition of our city’s vibrant culture and welcoming spirit,” said Jerad Bachar, President & CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH. “Momentum for Pittsburgh as the 2026 host city is only just beginning, and we look forward to working alongside our regional partners to plan and execute a world-class event that rolls out the black and gold carpet for football fans from across the country and around the world.”

Tourism is one of the largest and most important industries in Pennsylvania, generating over $76 billion a year and supporting more than 486,000 jobs across the Commonwealth.