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Nashville's Lower Broadway will transform into a professional football fan's paradise this spring when the city hosts the 2019 NFL Draft. The event, set for April 25-27, will serve as the official kickoff to the NFL’s 100th season.
Draft picks will be announced each day on the main stage at Lower Broadway. Admission to the 2019 NFL Draft is free and open to the public.
"The NFL Draft will be one of the biggest sports events in the history of Tennessee – another great opportunity for Nashville to welcome the world and show fans, players and media what we’re all about," said Nashville Mayor David Briley.
"Events like this generate important revenues that allow us to make long-term investments that benefit all of Nashville. I’m glad the NFL agrees that our great city, which the Titans have called home for 20 years, is the perfect location to kick off its 100th season."
Here are a few highlights to know:
The Main Stage
• Located at First and Broadway, this is where fans can view Draft selections and watch A-list concerts. Artists will be announced in coming weeks.
3-day festival at Nissan Stadium
• The NFL Draft Experience invites families and fans of all ages to enjoy a free admission, three-day football festival held at Nissan Stadium. Fans can participate in interactive exhibits, immersive games, virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions and more. Hours
• Nissan Stadium will be open noon-10 p.m. April 25-26 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 27.
• Festival highlights include photos with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, NFL Shop with exclusive merchandise, Taste of Tailgate with Nashville restaurants and a music stage with Nashville-based artists of all genres.
• Schermerhorn Symphony Center will be host to Selection Square, which features the team tables where representatives from each club will make their Draft selections. Selection Square will be open to fans. Hours and viewing areas will be decided closer to time.
• The NFL Draft Red Carpet will take place on April 25 (Thursday) at The Green at Riverfront Park.
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While admission is free, organizers encourage fans to pre-register for Fan Mobile Pass, which provides updates on the NFL Draft App, event information and major announcements. Sign up at NFL.com/Draft.
Parking information, locations of ride-share drop-off and pick-up locations, and road closure and traffic pattern information will all be announced in the coming weeks.
Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.
She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.