As far as sporting events without athletic activity go, the NFL draft has to be considered the best. The drama of what decisions teams will make, which players will fall, and which players’ stock will rise is appointment television.
As fun as it is to watch on TV, it’s even better live. A select group of fans gets the opportunity to watch the NFL draft live and in-person. How can you join them?
Where has the NFL draft been held in the past?
The idea of the NFL draft being held in multiple cities is a relatively new one. From 1965-2014, New York City hosted. It moved around a bit in location before New York’s modern-day monopoly on the event. Before 1965, the draft was held in Philadelphia eight times, Chicago eight times, New York seven times, and once each in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. New York City was the draft’s permanent home for 50 years and as such has hosted the event more than any other cities.
In recent years, other cities received the honor of hosting the draft much like during the pre-1965 years. Chicago hosted in 2015 and 2016. Philadelphia took over in 2017, and 2018 marked the first time it was held in a football stadium when the draft moved to AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
A new city hosts in 2019. Much like Dallas hosting in 2018, it is this city’s first time hosting the NFL draft.
Where is the draft?
For the first time in history, the NFL draft heads to Nashville, Tennessee. The event will take place near Nissan Stadium, the home of the Tennessee Titans.
A massive stage to set up at the intersection of First Avenue and Broadway in the heart of downtown Nashville is draft central, and that is where NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce the picks and congratulate all draftees. The first round happens Thursday, April 25. Rounds two and three take place Friday, April 26, and the 2019 it concludes with rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 27.
How can fans attend the 2019 draft?
Nashville planned many events in and around the site of the draft, including concerts on the Draft Main Stage, the Draft itself with tables representing all NFL teams, and the NFL Draft Experience for fans to participate in.
All NFL-sponsored events associated with the draft are free to the public. Additional events include:
- Autograph sessions with current and former players
- Interactive games for fans
- Football clinics
- The “Play 60” Zone intended for children
The draft and accompanying events will open and close each day at:
- Thursday, April 25: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Friday, April 26: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Saturday, April 27: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fans can get tickets for the draft and other related events by visiting Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. website. The site also lets you book a hotel, make travel arrangements, and see the other events happening in town during the weekend.