Philadelphia is gearing up for the big game! This year’s National Football League Draft returns to its Philly roots on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for THREE days, Thursday through Saturday, April 27-29.
More than 200,000 fans are expected to flock to the epic — and free! — NFL Draft Experience featuring all sorts of fun festivities.
Get ready to soar across a 100-yard zip line, grab your favorite player’s signature at the autograph station, take a photo with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and more. It’s all for free with registration for the Fan Mobile Pass.
Complete NFL Experience Visitor Map available below.
NFL DRAFT EXPERIENCE FAST FACTS
- The 2017 NFL Draft Experience will take for THREE days, Thursday through Saturday, April 27-29.
- The event will be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (Enter between 20th and 21st streets.)
- Enjoy access to FREE activities at three-day NFL Draft Experience with the Fan Mobile Pass downloadable app.
- The event runs from noon-11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday.
Taking place annually, the draft is when National Football League (NFL) teams select eligible college football players to add to their rosters. Philadelphia was the very first city to ever host the draft (February 8, 1936) and has since hosted it 11 times.
This year’s is expected to be bigger and better than ever before, featuring 25 football fields’ worth of action for fans to enjoy.
NFL Draft Experience Overview
The NFL Draft Experience is free(!) and and open to the public.
The draft itself will take place in a 3,000-seat open-air theater on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and the lottery for tickets to sit inside the theater has closed.
But just outside the theater, the free three-day NFL Draft Experience will unfold, featuring dozens of fun, interactive experiences and enormous TV screens to catch the draft action in real time.
The Draft Experience will be open from noon to 11 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28 and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Fans can enter the NFL Draft Experience on Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th and 21st streets.
Note that a limited number of stand-by tickets will be available for the seated draft. Fans can check in at the event through the Fan Mobile Pass to enter into the drawing on April 27 for Round 1, April 28 for Rounds 2-3 and April 29 for Rounds 4-7.
Read on to learn more about what sort of memories you’ll make at the NFL Draft Experience.
Download the Fan Mobile Pass
In order to take part in all of the activities and events at the NFL Draft Experience, attendees must download the Fan Mobile Pass. The pass, which is free, is required to enjoy a number of the activities on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Click “Download the App.” Once the Fan Mobile Pass app is downloaded, open the app and click the QR code in the top right corner of the app to register with your email address.
What happens if you don’t own a smartphone? Have no fear — you can register for the Fan Mobile Pass at designated Fan Mobile Pass kiosks locations within the festival grounds. You will be provided with a card containing a QR code to use throughout the day.
For more information, click here.
Things to Do at the NFL Draft Experience
Representing the largest festival footprint ever created by the NFL, the Draft Experience brings dozens and dozens of activities and attractions for those of all ages to partake in.
Ways to Get in the Game
Show off those pigskin skills — or sharpen them up by training like a pro — at the NFL Draft Experience.
Head to the Field Goal Kick station to test your ability to win that extra point or compete in the 40-Yard Dash against your friends and favorite digital NFL players. Jump in the NFL Training Camp, where you’ll race your way through a series of obstacles like a MVP in training. And see what it feels like to get all dressed up for game day at the Gear Up & Go stop.
Sweat it out and get your game on — and come dressed to compete!
Photo-Ops, Meet-and-Greets and Museum Memorabilia
The NFL Draft is one of the best opportunities to snag that John Hancock from the famous names you see tackling each other on TV. A designated Autograph Stage will be set up for you to score signatures from current NFL players and NFL legends.
Afterward, turn yourself into a famed football player at the Look Like a Pro station. Here, uniformed body-cast molds with NFL team insignias allow you to step inside and pretend you’re football famous in front of the camera.
Another awesome photo-opp, the Vince Lombardi Trophy — the NFL’s most iconic trophy — will be available for you to snap selfies with. Or scoot over to where Noah the Bald Eagle, from the Elmwood Park Zoo, will be hanging out for the ultimate Eagles’ fan photo.
Be sure to check out the NFL Museum, too, filled with Hall of Fame memorabilia, a collection of 50 Super Bowl rings and more.
Zip Lining and Virtual Reality
What’s the best way to take in the entire NFL Draft Experience? That’s a no-brainer — on the 100-yard zip line! Soar across the festival and get a glimpse of the action from above.
Then, hop over to the Virtual Reality station where you can experience NFL games through computer-generated simulations and VR technology. The NFL and the American Heart Association have also teamed up to create the NFL Play 60 Challenge Virtual Field Trip, designed to teach visitors how fun it can be to get active.
Fun for the Kids
The NFL Draft Experience invites the entire family to get out on the playing field, and an array of activities designed just for kids makes it easy to keep the little ones entertained.
After testing your own field goal skills (see above), see if your kids can show you up at the Kids’ Extra Point Kick. Here, a scaled-down version of NFL uprights will be set up for kicking field goals.
The Kids’ Quarterback Challenge invites folks of all ages to practice their passing and the NFL RUSH Gameday brings an entire app designed for kids to play games, create avatars, watch football videos and more.
Getting Around and Staying Over
Public transportation (SEPTA), walking, the PHLASH bus and Indego bike share are all excellent options for getting to and around the NFL Draft Experience. Once you’re there, the Fairmount neighborhood offers a ton of places within walking distance to explore in between festival activities. (Check out our guide to awesome restaurants in Fairmount here.)
If you choose to drive, good news: Free parking for NFL Draft and NFL Draft Experience attendees will be available in two locations in Philadelphia. Fans can park for free at SugarHouse Casino and those 21 years and older can take the free Draft House Party Shuttle to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Fans can also park for free at the sports stadium complex in South Philadelphia. Use the following address to navigate to the complex: 3300 S. 7th St., Philadelphia, PA 19148. For more information on parking, click here.
Note that those who park at the stadium complex still must pay for SEPTA.
If you’re coming from out of town and plan on spending the night, be sure to check out the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. You’ll score free parking along with more than $150 of sweet perks!
So, take a huddle with your friends and/or family now, and start making your NFL Draft Experience game plan! For more details on all of the football-centric fun at the NFL Draft in Philadelphia, click here.