Get ready for a fantasy football weekend: This year’s National Football League Draft returns to its Philly roots on April 27-29, 2017.
During three days of festivities, more than 200,000 fans will convene outdoors on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a huge free NFL Draft Experience festival to enjoy interactive experiences (including a 100-yard zip line!) get autographs from current and former players, take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and much more.
NFL DRAFT FAST FACTS
- The 2017 NFL Draft will be held in Philadelphia in April 27-29, 2017.
- The event will be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
- There will be a massive, free NFL Draft Experience Fan Festival as part of the three-day event.
- Tens of thousands of fans are expected to attend the festivities over three days.
The 2017 NFL Draft Experience
According to NFL Senior Vice President of Events Peter O’Reilly, the Philadelphia NFL Draft event will be the largest fan experience ever produced by NFL (whoa).
This year’s NFL Draft Experience takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia for three days with 25 football fields worth of action including interactive exhibits like the Combine Corner and NFL Virtual Reality, awesome memorabilia in an NFL Museum, photo ops with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and access to view media interviews with NFL greats.
Of course, the fan action serves as the backdrop to major sports news-making with the NFL’s rounds of player drafts taking place daily inside a 3,000-person theater right on the Parkway.
Philadelphia is no stranger to the NFL Draft. On February 8, 1936, the first NFL Draft took place at Philadelphia’s Ritz-Carlton. The selection consisted of nine rounds, zero team scouts and no media coverage. Teams took turns picking from the 90 names written on a blackboard.
In 2017, more than 200,000 fans are expected to participate in the festivities over three days, and this event will make a huge impact on the local economy — upwards of $86 million.
So get excited – this spring will be the time to cheer on some of the NFL’s newest members while taking part in a slew of football-centric fun.
Check here for more on the NFL Draft in Philadelphia and stay tuned for details on this awesome event.