The NFL draft won't be coming to Detroit, at least not in the near future.
The NFL winnowed its list of candidates to host the 2019 and 2020 drafts down to five finalists on Thursday, and Detroit was not among the group.
According to ESPN, Cleveland/Canton, Nashville, Kansas City, Denver, and Las Vegas are the finalists.
The league will pick one city to host the draft in 2019 and another in 2020, with the destinations set to be decided at the league's May meeting.
Lions president Rod Wood told the Free Press in October that he would be interested in bidding for drafts in 2021-23 if Detroit was not picked for one of the next two years.
About 20 cities have made formal proposals to the league to host the draft.
"I don’t think they’ll be deciding that many years in advance right now, although that may change because the interest is very high and there’s a number of cities, and I think we would probably fall into this category, that might be ripe for the draft but not as likely to get a Super Bowl," Wood said. "I think that the fact that we’ve expressed interest for both (the draft and the Super Bowl), that might help us make a stronger case for the draft if we’re not deemed to be kind of an appropriate destination city for a Super Bowl. So I think that we’re in a pretty good place. Can’t guarantee anything."
The Lions spent more than $100 million on upgrades to Ford Field last year in hopes of wooing one of the NFL's major events to Detroit. They remodeled suites, added restaurant space and upgraded the stadium's wireless internet.
Last year, an estimated 250,000 people attended the draft in Philadelphia.
The 2018 NFL draft will be held April 26-28 in Dallas.
Wood said previously that Detroit is not expected to be in the mix for Super Bowls in 2023 and beyond. According to The Sports Business Journal, the NFL plans to begin a new Super Bowl bidding process this spring, where it will negotiate with single cities rather than open the games up to multiple bidders.